Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Yesteryear's Essentials

April 17-19, 2015

A War of 1812 Material Culture Conference

Illustration of several officers conferring

Sharpen your impression at this year's Yesteryear's Essentials conference at Fort Meigs! Knowledgable speakers will present on various aspects of material culture of the early 1800s, including a Regency-era fashion show by Betsy Bashore! The conference kicks-off with merriment and diversion Friday evening with presentations all day Saturday and workshop on Sunday!

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This day came in two brigades of pack horses laden with flour and iron...

~ Captain Daniel Cushing
March 2, 1813

Yesteryear's Essentials Schedule:

Please note: Schedule subject to change without notice.

Friday, April 17 - Entertainment

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

A Social Evening
Enjoy an evening of merriment and diversion to kick off Yesteryear's Essentials Period attire recommended but not required.

Proudly sponsored by the Old Northwest Military History Association

Saturday, April 18 - Presentations

8:00 a.m.

Registration & Check-in
Check-on at the Visitor Center and enjoy a free continental breakfast.

9:00 a.m.

Regency Fashion Show - Betsy Bashore
See reproductions of extant examples of clothing from the early 1800s. Commercial patterns and a candid evaluation of their sizing, instruction, and fit will be discussed.

10:30 a.m.

American Caricature from the Federalist Era - Jan Dubbeld
While caricatures on all topics were in great demand in England, France and other European countries, the U.S. had an ambivalent attitude towards these satirical prints. This presentation will take a look at both American and European caricatures focusing on the United States and the War of 1812.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch & Shopping Break
Boxed lunches by Premier Catering will be delivered or feel free to pack your own. Be sure to shop our period vendors including Flying Canoe Traders and Regency Revisited!

12:30 p.m.

Navigating by Cuadra Star: Using OHC's Online Collections Catalog - Cliff Eckle
See demonstrations of the Ohio History Connection's online catalog, Cuadra Star. Get tips and techniques to successfully research the collections, both on display at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, the 58 sites around the state, and in storage at the OHC collections facility. Eckle will also review procedures to make arrangements to examine objects in storage. In addition, he will bring samples of clothing and accessories from the OHC collections facility. Take a closer look at objects from the late 18th and early 19th centuries!

1:45 p.m.

Popular Music of the Ohio Frontier from 1788 through the War of 1812 - Michael Mohn
Gain a historical perspective on how the music of the early 19th century fits in with local, national, and world events. Records from the newly founded city of Cincinnati help to reveal what music was popular on the Ohio frontier. During the discussion, musical examples will be played.

3:00 p.m.

18th & 19th Century Redware Potter - Tammy Zettlemoyer
Discover the history of the styles, motifs, and techniques used with redware pottery of the Pennsylvania Germans, including sgraffito and other folk art brought over from central European cultures.

4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Sunday, April 19 - Workshops

10:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Late 18th and Early 19th Century Muffs
with Tamia Land

Participants will create a linen muff base and silk cover. Materials that will be provided include linen and stuffing for the base and silk and basic trims for the cover. Participants should bring their own sewing supplies (needles, pins, thread, and scissors).

  • Materials included
  • Must bring own notions
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 people
  • Additional fee: $35
  • 12 spots left. Updated February 13

10:00 - appx 2:00 p.m.

Sgraffito Redware
with Tammy Zettlemoyer

Craft your very own sgraffito redware piece in this brand new workshop. During the 1730s the use of sgraffito and slipware techniques on redware was becoming common practice among the Pennsylvania Germans. The word sgraffito means "to scratch." This technique was accomplished by coating the red bodied clay with a white slip, a mixture of clay and water, that is applied to the surface of the unfired earthenware pottery. The top layer of clay is then "scratched" off to reveal the red color of the clay underneath. Cost includes return shipping of your piece.

  • All materials included
  • Limited to the first 12 people registered
  • Additional fee: $33
  • 12 spots left. Updated February 13