Thursday, February 11, 2016

How to Communicate: A Survivor's Guide @ The Wilton Historical Society

On Saturday, February 20 from 10:30 am to 3 pm, the Wilton Historical Society is hosting a special lecture: A Survival Guide to 18th Century Living: Colonial Communications.

Do you know the difference between penmanship and calligraphy? How to select a goose feather and prepare a quill pen? Can you explain how to use pounce? Familiar with the nuances of how to properly fold correspondence? Know how a letter traveled from sender to recipient in  18th century America?
This scholarly "Survival Guide", geared to those seriously interested in the how and why of 18th century living, will focus on Colonial Communications, from written letters to the postal system and more.
Participants will spend a fascinating day in the company of Otto S. de Pierne, learning how to make an authentic goose quill pen, and create and write and 18th century letter, all the whole absorbing his extensive knowledge about paper, ink, quills, blotting sand, sealing wax, penmanship, language, the postal system, roads, and much more.
This program is recommended for ages 14 and up. Please bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

The cost is  $25 for Wilton Historical Society Members and $35 for non-members.  Please note that the program is extremely limited in size, registration is essential By E-mail:  or call 203-762-7257.

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