Benefits of Membership

  • Annual spring meetings featuring exhibitions, programs, demonstrations, tours and lectures.
  • Annual three-day working seminars, offering a variety of classes.
  • Ability to join a regional HSEAD chapter.
  • Authoritative HSEAD journal, THE DECORATOR.
  • Bi-annual newsletter featuring timely articles.
  • Use of the Lending Library of Design (LLD), an extensive collection of historical decorative patterns.
  • Access to the HSEAD photography collection, with photographs of award-winning member designs.
  • Research Center
  • Voting privileges to help determine HSEAD’s direction and future
  • The camaraderie of others with similar interests in early American decoration.

Cost of Membership

12 Month Membership


Membership runs from January to December.

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Renewal Membership


Membership runs from January to December.

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Anyone with an interest in early American decoration can become an Member of HSEAD. As such, you will receive the Decorator Magazine, the newsletter, and other announcements. You may attend each year’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition and Fall Workshop at subsidized rates. You may join a chapter, and take advantage of HSEAD teachers. There are also individual members throughout the country and the world. If you have any interest in Early American Decoration, we welcome you as a  Member.

Applicant Member

Members who wish to become proficient in decorative techniques may, at no additional charge, become applicants to the Brazer Guild, which is the craftsman arm of HSEAD. You have all the benefits of regular membership, plus the support and encouragement of other Guild members and teachers in your effort to acquire the skills you need to qualify. An Applicant is, in effect, an apprentice in the craft. To learn more about the requirements for Guild membership, see below.

Brazer Guild Member

Brazer Guild membership is open to any member “actively participating in the art of Early American Decoration,” who has completed the membership requirements. The work submitted must include one stenciled piece on tin or wood, and one country painting piece. The work need not be of “museum quality,” but is expected to show some knowledge of the technique being used, and adherence to the rules as set forth in the Standards Manual regarding the use of that technique. These pieces will be judged each spring at the annual Meeting and Exhibition. The Applicant will receive notice of deadlines and rules for submission of articles from the Chairman of Standards and Judging. Members interested in pursuing Brazer Guild status should contact the office at for more information.