Friday, March 9, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen of the 1860s Conference: Part 3

Workshop day and they went well. The morning workshop was the largest with 13 people. Most everyone completed their pincushions.

There were several different end finishings.

Between my sessions we went to lunch at the Camp Hill Cafe, a small local eatery. It was full of locals so we knew it would be good, and it was. We enjoyed it very much.

After all workshops we went to the presenters' reception that Carolann hosts for the conference presenters. She provides sandwiches and drinks. It's a good time to sit and visit with fellow presenters. That served as dinner. On to the conference opening and presentations, the marketplace and the originals.

The first presentation was Nicky Hughes and the adventures of Senator Golladay. The continuing adventures of Senator Golladay have been a highlight of conference. Mr. Hughes uses these presentations to show the material culture of the period to great effect. This year Senator Golladay visited the army, showing the various items that can be used to make a home in a tent. These are always fun and enjoyable, especially with Killer the duck.

The next talk was from Emmanuel Dabney on "The Omohundros of Richmond: A Slave Owning and Enslaved Family". This was a very interesting and well researched presentation. It concerned a slave trader and his family. The twist here was that the "wife" was a mulatto slave technically owned by Omohundro. She was treated by Omohundro as his legal wife, presented with jewels and clothes. It is also interesting to note that there were at least two other similar family situations in the area. Omohundro apparently had a white wife previously who died and a mulatto wife who left Virginia with their children. Very interesting talk on an intriguing topic.

A few more photos of the originals and then called it a night.

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