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Virtual Material Matters: It’s in the Details

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This year’s Tenth Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” conference goes virtual on Saturday, October 17, 2020! We invite you to join us online for this conference focused on the material culture of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

The program will be offered on ZOOM; advance online registration is required.


Impact of Imports: American Potters’ Work in Early America—This presentation will take you into the pottery studio and navigate with archaeology and intact objects the material produced by early American potters and their push to make what the market wanted and compete with the imports being sought after. As a working potter, Brenda Hornsby Heindl will also share insights into how even the kilns and materials used to fire the pottery made spoke to the heritage of where the potters came from and the crossovers of cultures we see in pottery production. Brenda will lead you through an exploration of imported and domestically-produced wares and how they reflect the consumer culture of Early America. Brenda Hornsby Heindl is an independent scholar and practicing potter, graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and an alumna of Berea College in Kentucky, and builder of a wood-firing, salt-glaze kiln with which she uses her studio, Liberty Stoneware, as an outlet for historic ceramics research.

Brace Yourself with Holsters—While holsters are commonly imagined as a personal accoutrement, their origin and reality in the long 18th Century were part of saddlery. Join Fort Ticonderoga Vice President of Public History Stuart Lilie to explore the common details of 18th-century holsters and their rapid evolution on the eve of the Revolutionary War.

Don’t Be Afraid!: Understanding the 1768 Bearskin Grenadier Cap, Materials, and Construction—The imposing grenadier caps officially adopted by the British Army in 1768 are immediately identifiable to students and scholars of the Revolutionary War. Their lofty height and fearsome fur make them appear like finely crafted artifacts. However, they share techniques used by a range of trades to produce a visually compelling object with a minimum of effort. Join Fort Ticonderoga Curator Dr. Matthew Keagle to explore the details of construction of these iconic caps.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 10:00am12:30pm


Fort Ticonderoga Members $30

General Public: $40


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