Historical Society of Early American Decoration


September 26 - 29, 2024

Wyndham Southbury
1284 Strongtown Rd
Southbury, Connecticut


Friday, May 17 2024

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Registration: Southford Foyer

2:00 p.m.

Exhibition Opens: Southford A&B

6:00 p.m.

Reception: Southford Foyer

7:00 pm — Banquet: Nutmeg Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: William Strollo
Curator of Exhibitions for the Daughters of the American Revlolution Museum, Washington, DC.

Don’t Grow Up Too Fast: The Evolution of Portraits and Children in Early America.

10:00 p.m.

Exhibition Closes: Southford A&B

Saturday, May 18, 2024

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast: Nutmeg Ballroom

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration: Southford Foyer

Lectures & Demonstrations: Southford C

9:00 a.m.

William Strollo: Caring for Oil Paintings

10:00 a.m.

Linda Brubaker: Tortoiseshell Finishes

11:00 a.m.

Parma Jewett: Cleaning and Repairing Papier Mâché

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Nutmeg Ballroom

2:00 p.m.

Cora Longobardo: How To Apply Mother of Pearl As Used on Papier Mâché Originals

4:00 p.m.

Anne Dimock: A Look at Children and Their World in Reverse Glass Painting

6:00 p.m.

Reception: Southford Foyer

7:00 pm — Banquet: Nutmeg Ballroom

Awards, President Sheldon Update and Comments, Raffle

10:00 p.m.

Exhibition Closes: Southford A&B

Sunday, May 19, 2024

9:00 a.m. - Noon

Exhibition Opens: Southford A&B

9:00 am — Brunch: Nutmeg Ballroom

Speaker: Dr. Richard Benfield
Professor emeritus of Geography at Central Connecticut State University

Into The Throne of the Mountain Gods: A journey to Mount Everest In Search of Snow Leopards and Adventure at the Roof of the World

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Members collect exhibited Items: Southford A&B


Watercolor Theorems

Linda Brubaker

Come dive into the beautiful, peaceful and colorful world of Watercolor Theorems. The serene beauty of these paintings will enhance your homes by bringing in the beauty of nature. We will focus on what makes a good watercolor theorem in color, value, and detail. We will also cover fine line work as this can make or break a Theorem.

Suggested Watercolor Theorems include: #35 (below); #128 (shown at far left) #6 (near left) or one of your choosing provided that it is suitable for judging.

We will explore the nuances of these designs and any others selected for the benefit of all participants. Contact me at leb24@windstream.net with any questions.

I will send a supply list after registrations close for the class.

Reverse Glass Painting & Gilding

Anne Dimock

This class will be for all levels of glass painters. If you have never painted glass, I have a kit you can work on. We will cover all aspects of glass painting from the initial setup to outlining, paint mixes and viscosity, blending, and finishing.

If you have pieces that you started and haven’t finished, let’s get those done. If you’ve hit a snag and need some help to get around it, let me help. If you’ve seen a piece somewhere that you like, I’ll try to get a pattern for you.

I will send a supply list after registrations are complete. The kit fee is $40.

Penny Rugs

Deb Fitts

Penny rugs were a way of using up the remnants of cast off and used woolen clothing that wasn’t large enough to cut into strips for hooking rugs. The term “penny rug” came from the use of coins as templates for various sizes of circles that were cut from the felted wool of hats and clothing. Patterns depicting animals, people, shapes, and florals are also called penny rugs.

Participants in the penny rug workshop will pick one of the kits available. The kits will include everything needed to complete the penny rugs. Fee for a kit will range from $50 to $60 depending on pattern choice.

I will send a supply list once registrations are complete.

Make a Floor Cloth

Karen Graves

In this class we will be creating a very durable floorcloth featuring a primitive scene with a grained or painted border. The finished size of the floorcloth will be 24” by 34” and will be double primed top side and single primed on the bottom.

On Thursday evening, you will learn how to miter the corners and fold under the edges to secure with double-sided carpet tape. Then you will apply a coat of acrylic paint to dry overnight. Items supplied will include floor canvas, carpet tape, acrylic paints, mediums, graining tools, and designs. The materials fee is $60.

I will send out a list of what you should bring with you when class registration is complete.

Simulate Traditional Dutch Earthenware On a Wooden Surface

Parma Jewett

Learn to paint simulated “Blue Delft” on a wooden surface. In this class, you will have a choice of either a wooden plaque or a box to paint . Instructions will include how to mix the correct paint color using acrylic paints, as well as floating and flooding techniques.

There will be two designs for the class and students will be welcome to both designs. Pieces will be ready for painting as well as the tracings. This will save time so you can leave with a finished product.

If I am able to complete a couple of unique pieces this summer, I will be more than willing to share these designs with students, also.

The supply fee is $30. I will send out a list of what you should bring after class registration is complete.

Bronze Powder Stenciling

Polly Bartow

Join Polly Bartow for two small stencil projects designed to introduce you to stenciling or help you brush up your stencil skills. One project is done on tin and the other on wood.

Very simple stencil cutting will all be done in class. In order to focus on skills building, there are no tiny or fussy stencils used in these designs. You will work on perfecting your cutting, shading, beautiful fade offs in the unit-behind-unit stenciling, blending two colors, creating a neat and even band, and color washes. All the basic skills! Go home with a mirror frame ready for varnishing and a one sheet waiter ready for striping and varnish. Lab fee of $50 covers most supplies.

Registration: $175

Class Selection

Please choose your first choice of desired class you would like to take.
In case the class is full, please choose your second choice.
In case the class is full, please choose your third choice.

Payment Details

Billing Address

Hotel Information


1284 Strongtown Rd.
Southbury, CT
Phone: (203) 598-7600

Room Rates

Single or double: $149
Triple: $159
Quadruple: $169

* Does not include taxes and fees.

Room Information

Check-In: 3 pm
Check Out: 12 pm

Check in to your hotel room is at 3 pm. Students may set up their work space in their assigned classroom at pm. Classes run from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday evening; from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 9 am until noon on Sunday with 1 hr for lunch.

Hotel check out is noon.

Registration Information

Or call 203-653-8179. If you call in your reservation, make sure that you ask for the Historical Society of Early American Decoration Group rate. Avoid double booking by having a designated member of your party make the room reservations for everyone who will be residing in that room.


Except for the Saturday evening banquet, you’re on your own for meals which can be taken at
at the hotel or nearby. Each room is equipped with a small refrigerator, and a Keurig type
coffee maker. You may rent a small microwave, if needed.

The Saturday evening banquet is buffet style and will feature vegetarian selections, salads,
entrees, breads, desserts, and beverages. Please contact Polly Bartow at pollytb55@gmail.com for special meals requests.