Posing in Costume

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Learn the simple techniques that can help you look even more amazing in pictures taken of you in costume. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Katey Rosewater Cosplay & Kollig Art Photography We have all had the problem of figuring out how to pose for a photo. The big questions of what to do with your […]

Fantastic Hats & How to Make Them

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Create a unique hat that exemplifies your magical personality. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Julie Norton and Dolores Gossens For $5, patrons can create a custom hat to enhance their roaring fashion. You are offered the choice of a bowler, fascinator, or wizarding hat. We’ll provide some crafting tools & embellishments, and encourage you to bring […]

A Seance of Humor

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A closer look at spiritualism and the occult in the Victorian era. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Jay Lyon In the mid 1800s, a wave of fascination for a new branch of “study” swept Victoriana, and men and women alike became enamored of the peculiars of spiritualism and the occult. From Mary Todd Lincoln’s grief […]

A Grave Interest

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An overview of the Victorian fascination with death and dying. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Jay Lyon From hair wreaths to death portraits to casual weekend brunches on grandma’s grave, the Victorians had a unique relationship with death and dying. Join Jamie Lyon for an hour long trip into this unusual relationship. The presentation will […]

Basics of Foamsmithing

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Presented at Symposium 2019 by James Joens Come learn the basics in how to turn boring foam floor tiles into armour, helmets, and props. We will be covering safety, equipment, techniques and tricks to make the foam bend to your will.   James Joens has always had an urge to tinker with things and over […]

Devon Cream Tea

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So many Steampunks love a spot of afternoon tea, and each year the Symposium seeks to find a match for this passion. Some call it High Tea, but at the Symposium we prefer to call it a Devon Cream Tea as there is something extra special about the Devonshire style . . . Clotted Cream! […]

Victorian Cryptozoology and the Search for Strange Beasts

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Along with new zoological discoveries in the Victorian era came the search for —and sometimes creation of— new and amazing species. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Dr. Renea Frey and Robert Dorsey Along with discoveries of fossils and new species—such as mammoths, dinosaurs, and the confusing platypus of Australia—came the belief that perhaps anything was […]

Science as Spectacle: Monsters, Magic, and the Supernatural

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Galvinism, ghosts, mesermism, and mediums — Victorian audiences were enthralled with discoveries that blurred the lines between science and magic, life and death. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Dr. Renea Frey Public demonstrations of scientific discoveries and supernatural wonders were both popular entertainment in the nineteenth century, which sometimes made it difficult to tell the […]

Eminent Pigeon Fanciers: How Everyday Victorians Contributed to Science

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Learn how pigeon breeders, fern collectors, butterfly enthusiasts, and more contributed to scientific knowledge in the nineteenth century and how you can follow in their footsteps. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Dr. Renea Frey The study of Natural History was a popular past time in the Victorian era, inspiring everyday people to explore, collect, and […]

The Art of Capoeira

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Presented at Symposium 2019 by Dan Tres OMi Dan Tres OMi of Capoeira Dayton will lead a hands-on capoeira workshop. Participants will learn about the history and sounds of capoeira as well as some basic movements of this Afro-Brazilian martial arts style before practicing what they picked up on each other!   Dan Tres OMi, […]