Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion launched its workshop series in 2008. Each workshop focuses on one craft or pastime popular in the 19th century. Crafts or topics of past workshops include crazy quilting, hexagon quits, yo yo quilts, botanical watercolors, Victorian Valentines, applique techniques, writing inspirations, and faux finishes. Instructors are experts in their field with the ability to give clear instruction. All skill levels are welcome. Enrollment in workshops is limited to 12. Each person receives individual instruction.

Hair Art

with Melanie Bilenker

Mansion WorkshopsMelanie will discuss her modern approach to hair work, while providing historic context. She will then demonstrate some traditional Victorian processes used in the remembrance jewelry that first inspired her. Demos will include several forms of palette-work in which hair is glued down to a flat surface to create basket plaits, flowers, swoops or feathers. Cookies and tea will be served.

Melanie Bilenker is a jeweler that creates delicate hair art pieces; her works are found in many museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $30, Member cost: $25

Click Here for reservations or call 215-438-1861. Reservations are required. 

Fairy Watercolor Workshop


Mansion WorkshopsSunday, April 22, 2018 – Fairy Watercolor Workshop.

“Victorians embraced belief in fairies as a reaction to the disenchantment of the world.” (Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 1998) Join Jency Latta to create your own fanciful fairy watercolor painting. Supplies included.

Instructor Jency Latta has been painting murals in homes for over 15 years. Recently she was commissioned to illustrate two children’s books with gnomes and woodland animals. Jency Latta

Sunday, April 22,  2018 – 1:30 to 4:00 pm
Cost: $30
Member cost: $25
Click here for reservations or call (215)438-1861. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Reservations required.

19th Century Food Tasting and Demo

with Becky Diamond

Mansion WorkshopsJoin Philadelphia’s Victorian food expert, Becky Diamond, for a scintillating afternoon exploring 19th century food customs and recipes.

Chocolate tasting – Chocolate was used mainly to make beverages until the Victorian era, when better processing methods allowed its use in many other ways. Enjoy a tasting of various recipes from the era. Taste Mrs. Rorer’s chocolate cake and chocolate puffs – both recipes from Anna Maxwell’s journal. Chocolate cake from Eliza Leslie’s 1851 cookbook Miss Leslie’s Directions for Cookery will be featured as well as Pierre Blot’s chocolate macaroon recipe.  Directions for Cookery was the most popular cookbook printed in America in the 19th century, and is considered by many culinary authorities to be one of America’s great cookbooks.


Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: $30, Member cost: $25  Reservations are required. 

Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

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