Footwear for the Revolution: Shoemaking in the 18th Century
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The history of shoemaking stretches back millennia. While footwear styles and techniques for making shoes from leather in particular have changed, certain processes have not. In the 18th century shoemaking was at its peak, with high-quality, handmade leather shoes that truly benefited the wearer. Join public historian and local shoemaker Damian Niescior as he walks us through the process of preparing a shoe to be worn. Along the way we’ll learn about the history and science of shoemaking and see some of the practices in action.
About the Speaker
Damian Niescior has been working in the public history field since 2009. In 2016 he started to learn the shoemaking trade, and he’s been gaining skills ever since. He is a historic interpreter at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey, and is pursuing his MS in forensic science at Rutgers University.
About the Series
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