From a list originally compiled by Barbara Smith.
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The American Mountain Men website: They run a great public mailing list, very informative!
Fort Nisqually Chat: An email list open to friends of Fort Nisqually: A Living History Museum. Email moderator to join.
Fort Steilacoom_WT: An email list open to friends of Historic Fort Steilacoom. Email moderator to join.
Friends of Fort Vancouver MSN Community: A website featuring chats, photos, etc. pertaining to Fort Vancouver.
The Pilgrims_Rest: The chatroom for the Royal Engineers and Associates Re-enactment Group, includes discussions, photos, etc. pertaining to British Columbias early history (1858-1863), Email Moderator for invitation to join.
Small Island Traders: Great source for Spode, etc. In the UK, so check out their online pounds/dollars converter.
Alteryears: A monster catalog carrying other catalogs, mostly patterns, findings, supplies, etc. Los Angeles storefront, Phone: (626) 614-9400, Fax: (626) 614-9499, Email: Sales@AlterYears.com
Elizabeth Stewart Clark: Patterns, fabric, ready-made clothing, and FREE online patterns!
Five Rivers Chapmanry: A very nice site which features pictures of the many different patterns they carry. 82 Parkview Drive, Oragneville, ONT, Canada L9W 3J2, Phone: (519) 942-2548, Fax: (519) 942-7627 , Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grannd Garb: Primarily Elizabethan, but contains lots of fabric and supplies pertinent to 19th century interpretations.
Harper House: Catalog of patterns, costuming findings, and books. Her website doesnt list all she carries. She is quick to return email messages, however, and usually sends orders out the very next day. Get her print catalog well worth it!
Harriets TCS: These patterns are for the experience seamstress.
Past Patterns: Very authentically made patterns, Sandra Ros Altman is an authority to be trusted. No paper catalog. Phone: 866-Petticoat or 866-738-8426, Email: email@example.com
Victoria Louise, has officially closed its "doors" and is no longer accepting orders.
If you have any questions for us, please feel free to e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calapooia Traders: They are local, and the finest crafters of AUTHENTIC 18th century apparel - period. $2 for catalog. David & Annette Harvey, PO Box 3310, Albany, OR 97321
The Fitting Room: The home for custom designed corsetry & quality corset making supplies.
Lady of The Lake Costumes & Creations: historical reenactment clothing and craft items, plus useful items made from gourds. We are expanding into the Civil War/Mountain Man/Rendezvous eras as well.
Lavenders Green: The finest in dressmaking for ladies and fine tailoring for gentlemen, all eras. $3 for print catalog. 337 NE 2nd Ave., Hillsboro, OR 97124, Phone: (503) 640-6936, (800) 491-3873
Marthas Authentic Designs: Specializing in Civil War ladies wear. Use her photos online for research. Martha Aytes, Phone: (828) 684-5557, Fax: (828) 684-1047
Originals By Kay: featuring Quality Corsetry, Reproduction Victorian Clothing, Millinery, Bespoke & Custom Work And much more! 819 Wilt Street, Fort Wayne, IN, 46802. (260) 422 7617
Timeless Stitches: A Civil War Sutlery With great 19th Century Patterns & Fine Handmade Period Vintage Clothing for Men, Women, and Children -- Accessories -- Military Items. 7060 Joy Road, Everson, WA. 98247-9400 (360)-966-5132 (360) 966-2665
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Ages of Elegance: Oh my Not to be missed, but who can afford?
Bissonnette On Costume: Period illustrations, original garment photos, tons of research. Click on the silhouettes.
China Calico Buttons: Everything youd ever want to know!
Corsets and Crinolines: Victorian, Edwardian, Antique, and Vintage Clothing.
The Costume Gallery: Fashion research from the period. Pre-paid fee required for access.
The Costume Page: Costuming Resources Online. The study of Costume History.
The Costumers Manifesto: Everything you could possibly ever want in a costume-related website!
Fingerweaving: Jeff Gottfred from NW Journal tells all!
Godeys Ladys Book Online: For those who cant afford to buy an original.
The Great Pattern Review: Check this site before buying that pattern!
Hoopskirts and Crinolines: Information on same, photos, period anecdotes, etc.
Second Virginias Civilian Costume Tips and Helpful Articles:
The Colonial Dancing Master: Books and tapes relating to dance, music, song and social customs of 18th century. The Hendrickson Group, PO Box 766, Sandy Hook CT 06482-0766, Phone: (203) 426-9266, Fax: (203) 426-1165 Email: email@example.com
Chile-N-Crackers: Purveyor of China Calico Buttons.
Daisy Kingdom: The Daisy Kingdom online store has been permanently shut down and we are no longer taking orders. If you are interested in viewing current Daisy Kingdom fabric, you can still check out their corporate site at www.springscreativeproductsgroup.com. You will still be able to purchase Daisy Kingdom fabric at your favorite fabric and retail stores all across the United States. You can also view our products at the Daisy Kingdom retail store in Portland Oregon. For more information call them at 503-222-9033. For questions involving returns or unsettled accounts please contact them at 1-800-572-5771
Fabric Depot: Located in Gresham (east of Portland), OR, they have a huge selection, great sales, and run special sales that are only good online. Get on their mailing list to be informed of their big sales.
Farthingales: Fabrics by Mail They sell costume and corset supplies, patterns, and hoop steel as well as findings. They also offer on-line classes for corsets and bustles.
Lacis: Specializing in lace, lacemaking supplies, ribbons, tassels, trims, etc.Owners Jules & Kaethe Kliot, 3163 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, Phone: (510) 843-7178, Fax: (510) 843-5018 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mill End Store Beaverton, OR: Great selection, silks you cant find anywhere else!
Mill End Store Milwaukie, OR: They have more home dec, and a clearance room you wont believe!
Rabbit Goody: Historic Textiles - Coverlets, Carpeting, and 17th, 18th, & 19th Century reproduction clothing fabrics.
ReproductionFabrics.com (formerly "Patchworks"): Historic reproduction cottons from 1775 to 1950, aimed at quilters, great pics for research! 317 E. Mendenhall Suite D, Bozeman, MT 59715, Phone: (406) 586-1775, Order line: 1-888-728-2495, Fax: (406) 586-8847, Email: email@example.com
Sewing Central: Historic reproduction fabric, patterns, supplies, etc. Phone: (888) 262-3946, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Démodé: Women's Clothing 1750-1919 shows photos of original women's clothing from the 19th century. The link here will get you to the 1860s clothing. The menu along the left has links for each decade
Laughing Moon Mercantile: Purveyors of sewing patterns, Clothing, & Accessories. Victorian Balls and Weddings • Dickens' Faires • Wild West
Single Action Shooters • Gold and Silver Rush
Dance Hall or Saloon Gal • Pioneers • Gilbert and Sullivan Melodramas • Corsetry • Ragtime • Early Auto
The American Longrifles: Dedicated to the building of historically accurate American Longrifles.
The American Mountain Men: AMM library of journals, diaries, etc.
Beaver Fur Hat: describes the process of making a beaver felt hat during the 1700's and early 1800's.
Biography of Archibald McDonald: He is considered the founder of Fort Nisqually.
British Columbia Archives
Canadiana: Collection of published Canadiana from 16th through 19th centuries
Capsule biographies of Fur Trade Wives: Mostly Chinook-speaking wives, such as Helene McDonald,
The Cariboo Gold Rush and the Royal Engineers
The Children of Fort Langley: Lisa Peppans website about the Hudson's Bay Company employees who worked at Fort Langley between 1827 and 1894, their wives, and their descendants.
Corps of Discovery: Excerpts from the journals of the Corps of Discovery
The Empire of the Bay: Website for The Empire of the Bay documentary that ran on PBS
Fort Nisqually History: NOT the official website of the Fort
Fort Nisqually History: NOT the official website of the Fort
Glossary of British and Indian Army Terms: Invaluable for learning sources of Star Trek names!
History of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest
Internet library of 18th & 19th Century journals
John Work's HBC Journals
The Langley Story Illustrated: The Official On-line version of Donald E. Waite's 1977 book
Lexicon of the Chinook Jargon
Lisa Peppan's Genealogy Page: Lisa's ancestors worked at Forts Langley, Nisqually, and Vancouver, and quite possibly Belleview Farm on San Juan Island
Making of America: A digital library of primary sources.
The Metis Nation's website: A must read!
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs for British Columbia
Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia
The Northwest Journal: A great resource!
On Line Conversion: This site was created to convert one form of measurement to another. There are some old ones, like stones to pounds, and hogsheads to gills, and scruples to drams.
"The Other Métis": people not represented by the Metis Nation, their story and website
The Vancouver Métis Association
Peter Skene Ogden's Snake River Journals
Spokane Tribe website
BC Heritage: A links page to historic sites in British Columbia some of the finest websites in the history business!
Canadian Museum of Civilization/Canadian War Museum/Virtual Museum
Fort Langley National Historic Site (BC)
23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley BC V1M 2R5 CANADA, Phone: (604) 513-4777, Fax: (604) 513-4788
Fort Langley Cyber Tour: Put up by the lovely Lisa Peppan
Fort Lachine: Parks Canada (English) website
Fort Nisqually: A Living History Museum: The OFFICIAL web page. HBC trading post, year of re-creation 1855. 5400 North Pearl, #11, Tacoma, WA 98407, Phone: (253) 591-5339, Email: FortNisqually@TacomaParks.com
Fort Prince of Wales: Parks Canada (English) website
Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse (BC): Site dedicated to preserving BCs military heritage. FABULOUS staff!!! Dale Mumford, event coordinator, Email:
Fort St. James: Parks Canada Website
Fort Steilacoom: US military installation, 1845-1868, year of re-creation 1859. 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. (PO Box 88447), Steilacoom, WA 98388, Phone: (253) 582-3301, Email: email@example.com
FORT TÉMISCAMINGUE-Obadjiwan: Parks Canada (English) website
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: HBC trading post, year of re-creation 1845. Bill DeBerry, event coordinator, (360) 696-7659 *13
Fort Victoria: Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Victoria
Irving House Historic Centre & the New Westminster Museum & Archives: A home since 1865 - An historic centre since 1950. Pioneer home of Captain William Irving -- "King of the River." 302 Royal Ave, New Westminster, BC, Canada, V3L 1H7
For information phone: (604) 527-4640.
Lower Fort Garry: Parks Canada (English) website
Museum of the Fur Trade:
Rocky Mountain House: Parks Canada (English) website
San Juan Island National Historical Park: The Pig War in all its glory, tons of photos, great research! Mike Vouri, event coordinator
San Juan Island NHP
P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor, WA, 98250
Phone: (360) 378-2240/(360)378-2902
Fax (360) 378-2615/(360378-2996
Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia: The steamer sank in 1856 in the Missouri River and was found 132 years later with its cargo in MINT condition. A rare and wonderful trove!
York Factory: Parks Canada (English) website
The Hudsons Bay Company history:
HBC archives/artifacts from the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature:
The HBC Digital Collection:
Manitoba Provincial Archives-HBC Archives
The Forum: A page of original Victorian jewelry for sale, great photos for research!
Winterthur Museum Garden & Library: Reproduction jewelry, home and personal accessories.
C & D Jarnagin: French and Indian War through Civil War uniforms and accoutrements. PO Box 1860 (103 Franklin Street), Corinth, MS 38834-1860, Phone: (662) 287-4977, Fax: (662) 287-6033, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Creek Sutlery: Just about anything for the Civil War reenactor. $3 for print catalog. PO Box 92, Whitestown, IN 46075, Phone: (765) 482-1861, Fax: (765) 482-1848, Email: email@example.com
Thin Red Line: Incredibly high-end military uniforms for the purist!
Clearwater Hats: Primarily mens hats, best to be had. Phone: (870) 746-4324, Fax: (870) 746-4294, Email: burton@mvtelnet
Victorian Millinery: Specializing in custom headwear for the Victorian lady.
Victorian Millinery: Originals for Study is a page within the above web site that is a compilations of mid 19th century examples of costuming and accessories. A great resource!
MULTI-DEPARTMENT CATALOGS (GUNS, ACCOUTREMENTS, PATTERNS, CLOTHES, TENTS, ETC.) Back to Directory
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Bradley Company of the Fox: Primarily aimed at 18th century reenacting and rendezvous items 4330 N. State Rd. 110, Oshkosh WI 54904, Phone: (920) 233-5332 - FAX: (920) 233-1373
Crazy Crow Trading Post: Beads, blankets, feathers, leathers, pow wow and rendezvous supplies. $3 for print catalog. PO Box 847 Pottsboro, TX 75076-0847, Phone: (800) 786-6210, Fax: (903) 786-9059, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dixie Gun Works: The original and still a fabulous resource! $5 for paper catalog. P.O. Box 130, Gunpowder Lane, Union City, TN 38281, Phone: 901-885-0700, Fax: 1-901-885-0440, Email: email@example.com
Great Northern Trading Company: Beads to Guns, Original Accoutrements to Glassware. 55 Stanmore Rd., Warwick, RI. 02889-2219, Phone & Fax: 401-732-5105, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton Dry Goods: Everything you could want. No paper catalog, website is their catalog. Ron 'Tennessee' Hamilton, 2510 Randolph Road, Cookeville, Tennessee 38506, Phone: 931-528-6061, Email Hamiltondrygoods@multipro.com
Mercury Supply Company Sutler: Military and Civilian clothing and goods for the Victorian era. No print catalog. 101 Lee Street, Livingston, TX 77351, Phone: (936) 327-3707, Fax: (936) 327-3791, Email: email@example.com
Mill Creek Mercantile: Local Civil War sutler, website has few photos, but they do have a retail storefront. PO Box 898, Mulino, OR 97042, Phone: (503) 829-3678, Fax: (503) 829-7220, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Panther Primitives: Tentmakers and providers of all camp furniture and accoutrements. Print Catalog $2. Phone: (800) 487-2684, Fax: (304) 462-7718, Email: email@example.com
Smiling Fox Forge: Primarily 18th century, plenty of fine stuff, clothes, kids things, accoutrements, sewing tools, etc. 3500 County Road 234, Fremont, OH 43420, Phone: (419) 334-8180
Jas. Townsend and Son is a mail order company that supplies 18th and 19th century reproductions for living history. They specialize in Historic Clothing, Camp Gear, Tents, Books, Music, Knives, Tomahawks, Oak kegs and other assorted goods for people or organizations reenacting the periods from 1750 to 1840 especially the French and Indian War, American Revolution, and War of 1812. They have been serving historical reenactors since 1973. Jas. Townsend and Son is located in northern Indiana about 45 minutes west of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
HistoricalTrekking.Com: The online magazine for Historic Trekkers.
Living Victorian Web Magazine: Victorian living through modern eyes.
Muzzleloader.com: Guns, guns and more articles about guns!
The Northwest Journal: The quarterly publication of the Northwest Brigade Club.
Victorian Elegance: A webpage devoted to sharing Victorian themed graphics, wallpaper, etc.
The 41st Regimental Foot Re-enactment Unit
65th (2nd Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment of Foot
Canadian Reenactment from the Victorian Era: A compendium of reenactment units.
The Coalition of Historical Trekkers: Dedicated to the preservation and study of the pre-1840s frontier people.
The Columbia Detachment of the Royal Engineers 1858-1863 See also The Real Royal Engineers, below
Living History — Selecting a Character: Being a discussion of some characters to portray during reenactments.
Northwest Civil War Council: Oregons Civil War Website, lists their events and others of interest
The Real Royal Engineers: An in depth look at the historical Royal engineers, sent to the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858, plus information about the Royal Engineers & Associates Living History Group. See also The Columbia Detachment of the Royal Engineers 1858-1863, above
Washington Civil War Association: Washingtons Civil War Website, lists their events as well as others of interest.
The White Oak Society: Fur Trade living history circa 1798, Deer River, Minnesota
Do-it-yourself Center-seam Moccasin Instructions
Fugawee: THE source for authentic Victorian ladies footwear, also Colonial, Mens, etc. GREAT SERVICE!! 3127 Corrib Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308, Phone: 800-749-0387, Fax: 850-893-5742, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Make a pair of woodland style mocassins: downloadable pattern
Buckaroo Bobbins: Make a very nice Carpet Bag. Other items primarily aimed at Wild West/Cowboy Action aficionados. PO Box 1168, Chino Valley, AZ 86323, Phone: (520) 636-1885, Fax: (520) 636-8134
The Trunk Shoppe: Lots of splendid trunks, boxes, and chests for all manner of uses. Phone (970) 921-4770, Fax (970) 921-4771, E-mail : Katie@thetrunkshoppe.com
Collage: A modern source for period reproduction writing materials.
WEBRINGS (Sites linked together by interest these are the sites that list the member sites) Back to Directory
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All The King's Men Webring:
American History Web Ring:
The Coalition of Historical Trekkers Web Ring:
The Living History Web Ring:
The Mountain Man Web Ring:
LINKS PAGES (Sites that list multiple links to resources of interest) Back to Directory
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18th Century Living History
Black Powder Rendezvous: Links page to same
Coon n Crocketts Almost Complete List of Muzzleloading & Buckskinning Links:
HistoricalTrekking.coms Links Page: One of the best lists of quality sutlers Ive seen online.
Mountain Man Rendezvous: A page with links to all time periods.
These patterns can all be found in the Harper House (Volume 4) print catalog. Their website does not list all the patterns they carry. Harper House has excellent, fast customer service they usually ship the next day.
PO Box 246
West Sunbury, PA 16061
Phone: 724-637-0157 Fax: 724-637-0159 Email: email@example.com
|Past Patterns||The BEST historical pattern company out there. Directions are clear, patterns fit together well, and finished garments fit. The best thing: There are color pictures on the pattern envelope of the original garments picture (from which the pattern was taken), and there are extensive documentary notes included.|
|1830-1836 Full High Gown||P003|
|Lowell Mill Girl Dress||P806|
|Single and Flounced Skirt||P800|
|Mid-1840s Fan Front Bodice||P801|
|Late 1840-early 1850 Round Dress||P803|
|Early to Mid-19th Century Stays (no bones, maternity, working,etc.)||P705|
|1850-1860 Wrapper (good for maternity wear, or morning camp robe)||P807|
|1850-1870 Sacque and Petticoat (appropriate for 1845 maternity wear, morning robe, or working clothes)||P808|
|1850-1862 Fashionable Skirt (appropriate for 1845)||P700|
|1850-1867 Gathered Bodice (appropriate for 1845)||P701|
|1850s 1850s Drawers and Petticoat||P706|
|Two Chemises 1850-1860 (first try the free directions at www.elizabethstewartclark.com)||P707|
|Early 19th Century Chemises (first try the free directions)||P003|
|1820 1850 Corded Stays||P001|
|1820 1850 Corded Stays KIT (all supplies included)||CK001|
|1840-1880s Stay or Corset||P708|
|1840-1880s Stay or Corset KIT (all supplies included)||CK708|
|Period Impressions||One of the oldest historical patterns lines out there. The directions are notoriously not clear, but the patterns are themselves good.|
|1837 Robe Front Daydress||IM442|
|1830 Daydress & Pelerine||IM440|
|1837 Day Dress||IM445|
|1845 Day Dress||IM447|
|1859 Modified Fan Front Day Dress (style is appropriate for 1845)||IM448|
|Ladies 18th Century Shift (longer sleeve)||IM510|
|18th Century Caps and Pockets (good for laboring class)||IM815|
|1740 Shortgown (good for laboring class)||IM423|
|1770 Cloak with Hood||IM425|
|Ladies Collars and Cuffs||IM399|
|1830-1860 Soft Bonnets||IM816|
|1838 City Bonnet and Cap||IM819|
|1860s Light French Corset (very easy pattern, very comfortable to wear)||IM503|
|Corded and Tucked Petticoats||IM607|
|1850-1860 Work Dress (appropriate for 1845)||IM453|
|Patterns of History||One of the oldest historical patterns lines out there.|
|1840 Day Dress||WIS1840|
|1835 Afternoon Costume||WIS1835|
|Old World Enterprises||One of the oldest historical pattern companies out there.|
|1825 Romantic Gown||OW821|
|1835 Romantic Gown||OW831|
|1840 Romantic Ball Gown||OW841|
|Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park Environmental Living Program||The directions for this gown are sometimes not clear. It is reasonably easy, and is sold in the FOVA gift shop.|
|1840s Wrapper Dress, Sunbonnet and Pockets||SFORT-1|
|Rocking Horse Farm||No information on this line no one has reviewed them.|
|Day Dress 1837-1840||RH237|
|1860 Day Dress (it is a universal style that is appropriate for 1845)||RH264|
|Shortgown, Petticoat & Chemise (appropriate for laboring class)||RH182|
|Early 19th Century Accessories||RH197|
|La Fleur de Lyse||No information on this line no one has reviewed them.|
(this is universal work attire, appropriate for laboring class)
|The Mantua-Maker||No information on this line no one has reviewed them.|
|No. 1820-1 Romantic Era Gown||1820-1|
|No. 1700-5 1550-1840 Under Petticoat||1700-5|
|No. 1840-1 1840 Mantle||1840-1|
|No. 1800-5 1750-1900 Fingerless Mittens||1800-5|
|No. 1800-1 1600-1840 Chemise (try making the free pattern first www.elizabethstewartclark.com)||1800-1|
|No. 1800-3 1850-1890 Ball Gown Chemise (try making the free pattern first)||1800-3|
|No. 1810-4 1800-1830 Pantalettes (try making the free pattern first)||1810-4|
|Kannicks Korner||Recommended pattern line by Annette Harvey of Calapooia Traders. These are all appropriate for laboring class.|
|Womans Short Cloak||KK-6901|
|Stockings, Pockets and Mitts||KK-6001|
|Womans Shift 18th Century English Style (longer sleeve)||KK-6102|
|Womans Shift 1790-1820 English Style Shift||KK-6103|
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