Special Workshop: Dating and Identifying 20th-Century American Military Uniforms
This one-day workshop allows participants to delve into military tradition using photographic references and a wealth of actual historical artifacts. Two historian-collectors will demonstrate how to 'read’ a dress uniform by gathering data from the uniform itself, giving context to the garment and the individual who wore it. Workshop participants will learn to differentiate between uniforms from the different service branches and date them by their adornments, style and cut. Proper display and storage of uniforms will be illustrated. A bibliography of published resources, both digital and print, will be provided.
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Museum Textile Services, Andover, MA 01810
Course fee (includes lunch): $50
Limited to 30 participants
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Dylan Almendral is a military specialist who has been collecting historical artifacts since he was 14 years old. His specialty is researching the individuals to whom objects belonged and telling their stories. Dylan has interviewed over 250 people, from WWII veterans to classic Hollywood actors. In 2013, Dylan published a photographic history of Victorville, California, for Arcadia Publishing's 'Image's of America' series. That same year, he co-founded the American Legacy Museum. As lead researcher, collections manager and curator, Dylan oversees over 500 military uniforms from the Great War through to the Vietnam era, as well as 200 pieces of costume from some of the most memorable films of Hollywood's Golden Era. Dylan is dedicated to collecting more costume and memories, preserving the legacy of those American heroes.
Roland Gonzalez is a living historian representing the WWII generation. He has performed extensive research in the intricacies of the WWII uniform and equipage for both the American and German militaries, amassing a collection of rare uniforms, photographs and documents. Roland has applied his knowledge and talent to helping collectors and families learn more about their loved ones. As an intern at the American Legacy Museum, he specialized in identifying rare uniform variants of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF).