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Fascinating panels and workshops to educate, edify and amaze!

The Frills, Fancies and Ornamentalism of the British Empire

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A one hour, illustrated lecture demonstrating the upside of the British Empire in the 19th Century delivered by Mercer College history professor Tobias Grace, who has made the study of the British Empire a professional life’s work. The lecture will be illustrated by a power point of maps and photos as well as actual, pass-around […]




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IronBlood Armory

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Smithy J Ritchie, from parts unknown (Mass), showing the young and old the traditional techniques for hammering steel into whatever their hearts may desire, along with some copper smelting as well if you ask him nicely. Come watch him re-forge old tools and railroad spikes into wind chimes, blades, artwork, and what have you, in a […]




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Books & Chocolate

Books & Chocolate

Books & Chocolate a.k.a. Who is Chef Alex LeBeau of LeBeau Chocolates? Get the scoop from author and Chocolatier Nikki Woolfolk as she reads from MISE EN DEATH, book 1 from the Steampunk Culinary Mystery series due out later this year. Stay for a Q & A and win a chance to taste artisan chocolates […]




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The Disorder of Death and the Rise of the Vampire

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“The Disorder of Death and the Rise of the Vampire” With Nicole Salomone The definition of death was a wibbley-wobbley sort of thing during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Come learn how the lack of the definitions of life and death created havoc in eighteenth century London, and gave way to vampire lore. Over the […]




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Making It Real: Custom Prop Making and Painting Techniques

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Anyone can make their own props with the right information. With the introduction of 3D printing in the world we are basically only limited by our imagination. This panel discussion/demonstration focuses on the painting and application of metal to preexisting parts as well as full piece creation. bring your piece that you are working on […]




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It’s All About the Bones

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It’s All About the Bones: Corset Bones & Hoop Wire by Farthingales A demonstration (how to cut and finish ends and how to use) of several types of boning products that can be used for corset making, hoops, bustles, and millinery. The qualities of each will be discussed and there will be samples to see […]




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World’s Fairs as a Microcosm of the Known Universe

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When the Victorians designed their popular World’s Fairs, the goal was to compress the entire known world into a compact space that could be visited in a few days and in one place.They created these microcosms by using scale models, miniatures, dioramas, and panoramas which delighted their millions of visitors. Thousands of examples of natural […]




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