The Sunday Hive sessions are free of charge and open to Park Volunteers and members of the living history community. Please note that some clinics have materials costs, which are payable to the instructor on the day of the clinic.
Pre-registration is required for both Hive lectures and clinics so we can plan for adequate space and materials. Please register early, as space in some classes is limited. We will do our best to accommodate all registrations but cannot guarantee a spot if you do not register.
To register or for more information: email Hiveworkshops@gmail.com
All events take place in Minute Man National Historic Park. Events take place at the Noah Brooks Tavern except where noted otherwise. Please check our homepage for any last minute changes in location.
Hive 1: Sunday, January 16 — 1pm to 4pm
Cartridge & Ammo
Learn how the Seven Years War cartridge pouch with its wood block stuffed into a thin leather bag evolved into the case-like Revolutionary War cartridge box constructed of thicker leather.
Speakers: Roy Najecki & Joel Bohy
Potent Potables: Tea, Rum &
Learn about the beverages that are synonymous with the Revolution. Where they came from, how they were drunk, and who drank them.
Speaker: Emily Murphy
Selecting 18th Century Lace
Learn to identify the features of 18th century lace and how to select modern sources.
Speaker: Sue Felshin
18th Century Swatchbook
Are you lost shopping for fabric? Learn about the types of clothing fabrics available in the 18th century and how to identify modern sources. Includes a swatchbook to take shopping with you.
Instructor: Hallie Larkin
Cost of swatchbook: $35
Kit Tune-up/New Reenactor Clinic
New to reenacting or does you kit need a tune-up? Join our team for an overview of Battle Road clothing standards. Separate clinics for men, women and children.
Making Your Breeches Fit
Suffering from baggy breeches syndrome? Bring your ill-fitting breeches and make some simple alterations get a better 18th century fit. No sewing experience necessary.
Bring in those problem projects for some advice and help. Plan your next project, or just get some work done on your new project for the season. Don’t want to sew? Come visit and catch up with your friends.
Leatherwork 101 - Making a Hammerstall
Learn about the types of leather and tanning, the properties of various leathers, how to make/roll your thread (a.k.a. waxed ends); types of awls, needles and waxes; how to stab a hole; and various stitch techniques.
Materials fee $5
Instructor: Roy Najecki
Hive 2: Sunday, February 13 — 1pm to 4pm
Don’t Make a Spectacle of Yourself
Selecting the proper 18th century eye wear: Look at period examples and artwork explore modern sources.
Speaker: Greg Theberge
Carrying your Burdens
We’ll review period sources for determining correct basket shapes and discuss appropriate materials as well as shapes and materials to avoid. We’ll also explore other containers such as bags, pillowcases, wallets and buckets.
Speaker: VivianLea Solek
Men’s Jewelry & Watches
From watches to keys, seals, fobs to buckles of all sorts—a look at men’s jewelry including a look at some examples from Bill’s collection.
Speaker: Bill Hettinger
Carve your love a Busk for Valentine’s
A busk is piece of wood worn inside the front of a woman’s stays to give a flat appearance—men often carved these with symbols of their love. Join Chris Anderson to look at period examples and carve your own.
Materials costs: $50
Knitting a Monmouth Cap
Have you wanted to knit a nice, warm cap for a man or boy for Battle Road? Learn about extant caps from period examples and artwork. The only skills required for this workshop are the ability to cast on and off, knit, and knit 2 together. We will be working in the round, on 4 or 5 needles. List of materials given on registration.
Instructor: Colleen Humphreys
Hair Tricks for Women
What to do with your hair—techniques for obtaining a period looking hair do for all levels of society, plain & fancy.
Instructors: Hallie Larkin & Steph Smith
Participants will handsew horsehair fabric to a linen backing, and with a provided leather insert, they will create a horsehair neckstock suitable for British, Provincial, and perhaps Continental Army impressions. This stock is not recommend for Militia.
$15 materials cost. Optional $15 brass clasps will be available.
Instructor: Roy Najecki
Hive 3: Sunday, March 27 — 1pm to 4pm, Minute Man National Historic Park, all events at Noah Brooks Tavern except where noted otherwise
Foodways: “Rising to the Occasion”
Learn about making baked goods rise before the use of baking powder.
Speaker: Sandie Tarbox
Separating myth from fact when if comes to spinning in the 18th century. We’ll also look at tuning up your period spinning impression—type of equipment and how it is used.
Speaker: Gina Gerhard
Raising Babies—the 18th century
People in the eighteenth century had different attitudes towards babies and baby care than we do. At any reenactment, children are always a center of attention, so here’s your chance to hone the authenticity of your period-baby impression. Come and learn how to dress, hold, feed, entertain and care for your littlest reenactor in ways that will make Junior a more historically accurate baby.
Speaker: Sharon Burnston
Cross-stitch for children—Marking your
Learn the basics of cross-stitch and use what you learn to mark your shift with your initials.
Instructors: Colleen Humphreys & Deana Peterson
Making a petticoat
From pleating the waistband to ferreting a hem—learn techniques for creating a period-correct petticoat.
Instructor: Sue Felshin
Making a Baby/Toddler Banyan
Create a banyan or bedgown suitable for babies of both sexes, and for boys up to age 4. This little garment can be whipped up by hand in just a few hours. Materials list will be supplied on registration.
Instructor: Sharon Burnston
Intro to Spinning
It’s harder than it looks! Learn the basics of using a spinning wheel—explore the differences between wool and flax wheels and how they work.
Instructor: Gina Gerhard
Learn and practice the Norfolk Drill. Bring your musket, bayonet and empty cartridge box. This is the primary drill to be done at Battle Road.
Location: Noah Brooks Tavern