We provide a forum for the exchange of technical expertise, research,
training and material needs such as tools, supplies, and sources for
goods and services among our members to preserve and promote the
traditional practise of the trade within the framework of a non-profit
educational organization. The HCC is a public clearinghouse for recent
historical footwear research, educational resources, and the expertise
of its members. It supports educational activities such as a web-based
forum, publications; demonstrations and workshops of historical,
traditional, as well as modern boot and shoemaking at annual general meetings.
Much of the The H.C.C.’s educational activity takes place via an online
discussion forum, The Crispin Colloquy, one of the world’s oldest,
largest, and most active web-based discussion lists focused on shoemaking
and allied trades. Membership dues support the maintenance of this website,
and the guild’s other educational activities. The H.C.C. also makes
available an extensive collection of educational demonstrations, lectures,
presentations and workshops in DVD format, available for sale to members
and the general public, as well as reprint texts on the shoemaking trade.
Publicly supported via membership dues, contributions, and sales of H.C.C.
reprint books, DVDs, CDs and related goods, all membership donations, fees,
and sales proceeds support the guild’s non-profit educational mission.
The guild also maintains a library housed at the University of Tulsa,
Oklahoma, and annually produces and distributes educational DVD videos
of guild lectures, workshops and demonstrations from the yearly meetings.
The HCC conducts an annual general meeting during the weekend closest
to the 25th of October, St. Crispin's Day, usually at sites of historic
interest, which alternate from the east coast, the mid-west, and the
western United States. This includes a general business meeting, and
educational presentations and lectures by members and guest-speakers,
artisans and authorities, demonstrations, and side-trips of interest,
as well as an exhibition of members' work and tools and items for sale
or trade. The HCC has an annual dinner, anciently known as the “feasting
and drinking”, where old and new members alike enjoy a taste of the camaraderie,
hospitality, and fellowship for which cordwainers have been renowned down the