The SHG meets on the 4th Saturday of each month in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Volunteers demonstrate soapmaking techniques of the 1800's. Our soap begins with the rendering of tallow and other wilde game, we then make our soap over an open fire in a cast iron kettle. Typical of Old Town's living history, our soapmaking program portrays the time period in fashion and utility.
Traditional Soapmaking Over An Open Fire
The soapmaking demonstration begins at 10:30am with the melting of fats and the pouring of a lye solution. The process continues as we hand stir then transfer the soap blend into the mold around 2:30pm. We are located in the Seeley Yard adjacent to the Blacksmith Shoppe.
The Soapmaking Historical Guild is dedicated to the research, education and public awareness of soapmaking techniques, both past and present, and the cultural preservation of a lost art.
The Wilde Soap Sisters of the West
If you would like information about the SHG, how to volunteer, or have visitor questions, please contact the program director CindyChrist@SoapmakingHistoricalGuild.com. Thank you, we look forward to speaking with you!
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