Join the women of the Old North Historic Site for a decadent ladies’ night out in the North End: a unique workshop that offers four chocolate and wine pairings, featuring Old North’s very own colonial chocolate products from Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop! While you dazzle your palette, learn more about the “ins” and “outs” of a typical 18th century woman’s dress from a common, lower to middling class status to an upper class persona. Each layer of clothing will be discussed with a focus on fabric, style, and purpose. Try on accessories handmade in 18th century style and bask in the photo opportunities! Walk away with a goodie bag of recipes and chocolate sticks as well as a greater knowledge of wine and chocolate pairings as well as the tasteful fashions of colonial Boston.
Linda Greene has a long interest in ladies’ tailoring and has attended and led many workshops on the study and construction of 18th century clothing. She enjoys hand-stitching colonial clothing for herself and her family, who have been heavily involved with re-enacting as members of Col. Bailey’s 2nd MA Regiment for the past ten years. Linda has been the Chief Chocolate Interpreter at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop on the campus of Old North Church since 2013. She is also a major contributor to The Hearth and Home of Mrs. Newark Jackson, Old North’s blog on all things chocolate and colonial. Prior to her position at Captain Jackson’s, Linda worked for a variety of university bookstores and book publishers such as the Harvard Coop, Duke University, the University of North Carolina, W.B. Saunders, and J.P.Lippincott. Once her sons were born, she volunteered in their schools as well as with other religious and historical organizations.
Michele Gabrielson is a U.S. history teacher and frequently uses living history techniques in the classroom to bring the subject material alive for her middle school students. Michele is also a member of two reenacting groups: Col. Bailey’s 2nd Massachusetts Regiment and Claus’ Rangers. For the past five summers, she apprenticed under Gary Gregory at the Printing Office of Edes & Gill and specialized in documenting women printers of the 18th century. Due to her belief in portraying the lives of 18th century women as accurately as possible, she has participated in workshops and lectures across New England, New York, and Virginia in order to learn period-correct construction techniques of the garments of the time. She hand-sews all of her own clothing and documents the fabric and styles using 18th century portraits, newspapers, and inventory records. When she is not teaching or reenacting, you can find Michele leading tours on Boston’s Freedom Trail for the company Lessons on Liberty. Michele received her BA in European History and Secondary Education from Stonehill College. She received her MA in History Education, and has attended both Oxford University and the Polytechnic University of St. Petersburg where she studied under some of the field’s top historians.