Costume Symposium at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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Capital Fashion of 1814:  London to the City of Washington, September 27

Spangled DressAs the region concludes the Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812, join us on Saturday, September 27 for an immersive day in the fashions of the Federal City of Washington.    Speaker’s will explore the influences on fashion in 1814, the cut and construction of 1812 military uniforms, the creation of race-based fashions in the new nation, and a detailed look at one fashionable wardrobe.  Sessions are offered a-la-carte and a special 1814 inspired menu will be offered by Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant.  Cost is $50 for the morning lectures, $25 for lunch, and $50 for the afternoon workshop.  The special afternoon workshop featuring costumes from the collections of Mary Doering & James Kochan has limited seating available, so early registration is important. Registration information can be found online at

Presenters include:
• Alexandra Deutsch, Chief Curator, Maryland Historical Society
• Mary Doering, Independent Scholar & Collector
• James L. Kochan, Independent Scholar & Collector
• Katie Knowles, PhD
• Ann Buermann Wass, Ph.D., History/Museum Specialist, Riversdale House Museum, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. For more information, call 703.746.4242 or visit