By Adam Casadevall
Steampunks and history buffs unite!
This weekend, Oct. 12 and 13, 2013, Historic Speedwell will be hosting International Steampunk City, a rare opportunity to walk into a parallel universe, where modern technology is grafted onto the 19th century.
“Think Jules Verne with an iPhone,” promoter Karen Ulric told MorristownGreen.com.
The steampunk movement originated in response to the cyberpunk culture of the late 1980s. Drawing on science-fiction literature from the late 19th- and early 20th century, it created a subculture blending past and present.
Bill Lescohier photos from the 2012 steampunk show. Please click icon below for captions.
Most often it’s set in either Victorian England or the Wild West. The aesthetic often has a very industrial feel: Lots of brass, wood, steam-powered springs (obviously) and exposed mechanical elements.
As the birthplace of the telegraph, Historic Speedwell seems particularly appropriate for such a gathering.
Should you choose to attend this monumental gathering of time travelers and history lovers, you are encouraged to dress in period-correct attire. Costumes can be quite ingenious and are part of the fun.
You can get whisked away by workshops, shopping, live music and other entertainers–there is even a burlesque show!– throughout the weekend.
These events run from noon to 6 pm each day. Admission to International Steampunk City is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for children 4-16, and children under 4 are free. Historic Speedwell is at 333 Speedwell Ave. in Morristown.