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A band box workshop is offered Saturday, Jan. 11, in Glen Ellyn. (Photo provided)

An invitation to learn how to make a period paper box and reproduction wallpapers is offered by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Reservations are requested by Jan. 4.

Although band  boxes were most popular for hats, smaller boxes could be used to hold a variety of items. Nanci Gaisel of the Northwest Territory Alliance will teach how to make boxes of cardboard and
reproduction wallpapers.

The workshop takes place in the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn.

One may RSVP to or call Yordana Sawyer at 608-347-9615 and register for a hat box (tricorn or bonnet) for $50, or a smaller box for $30. Seating is limited, with early registration suggested. Fees must be paid by Jan. 4, and one should bring scissors, thimble and lunch.

"If you are making a hat box, bring the actual hat so the box can be sized properly," note organizers, adding that all other materials are included.