Tavern Talks to feature selfie-centered topic

In today’s world, few public events, whether a political rally or the Olympics procession, occur without cellphones capturing “selfies.”

The next Tavern Talks is scheduled for Thursday,

The next Tavern Talks is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Barns-Brinton House tavern.

And while it might be hard to imagine how our Colonial ancestors survived without them, the Chadds Ford Historical Society wants to provide the answers.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the CFHS will continue its popular Tavern Talks series with “Creating the Perfect (Colonial) Selfie” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barns-Brinton House tavern on Route 1. The program will detail the various ways that 18th-century men and women took “selfies” – then known as portraits – and what they did to make themselves look their best when Photoshop didn’t exist.

A sampling of activities for the evening include posing for your own portrait “selfie,” testing out 18th-century makeup (for women and men), crafting your own silhouette, watching a Colonial portrait artist at work, experiencing some beauty remedies from the period, trying some interactive games, and sampling seasonal wines from the Chaddsford Winery. By the end of the night participants will even learn why being fashionable during that time could also be fatal.

Tavern Talks, billed as a monthly experience – not a lecture – is aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older and focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. The program, which includes hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more, takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, a 1714 tavern located at 630 Baltimore Pike.

Admission is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person, or online as space is limited. For more information on the CFHS or to purchase tickets, call 610-388-7376, email info@chaddsfordhistory.org, or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.

Upcoming programs include “Very Superstitious: Fears, False Notions and Fables” on Oct. 13, and “All Things Apple” on Nov. 10.



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