Alternate and Historical Fiction

From travel and time, to spies and pirates, to all things past and neverwas

The Alternate and Historical Fiction Track is the destination for all things bygone and never was. It covers everything from fan discussions of period films and tv, speakers on overlooked history and society milestones, to even demos of period costuming techniques.
There is fun for all who fancy festive frolics through factual and fictional former times. The flux capacitor is set to give a peek into the past and future: fan panels on shows like Our Flag Means Death and The Gilded Age; maker panels on recreating vintage hair, makeup, and fashion; historical dives into spiritualism, powerful women, sea shanties, and even the cults of our beloved Dragon Con itself!

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For 2023, we will be bringing you a fun mix of Phantom of the Opera, Outlander, The Crown, Bridgerton, and Mrs Maisel to name a few! On DCTV we will host the history of Dragon Con Cults for all you fans of fandom. We’ll be bringing the tea(dueling and racing), the dance classes, pirates doing the most, people wearing silly hats, etiquette classes, and plenty of tutorials on how to make yourself blend in with the fashion of the times!

Schedule for 2023

All panels listed are either in The Courtland Grand(Sheraton) Augusta or Macon rooms, unless otherwise specified.


  • 7:00 PM Dragon Con History 102: A Guide to Unofficial Organizations
  • 7:00 PM in Hyatt Hanover C-E: Geeky Sea Shanties
  • 8:30 PM The Boasting Contest: May the Best Storyteller Prevail


  • 10:00 AM Kicking off 2023 with A&HFT
  • 10:00 AM in Courtland Grand Valdosta: A Timely Escape: AHFT and DC Charity Escape Room Event
  • 11:30 AM A Fond Farewell to Mrs. Maisel *Spoiler Warning*
  • 11:30 AM The Tale of the Tartan: A Deep Dive into Scottish Kilts
  • 1:00 PM Cozy Mysteries: Meals to Die For
  • 1:00 PM The “Yellowstone Effect”: A New Era of the TV Westerns
  • 2:30 PM Gender-Neutral Neckwear: The History & How-Tos
  • 2:30 PM Herstorically Speaking: Women You Should Know
  • 4:00 PM The Art of Altering History
  • 4:00 PM Weird Wild West: Where Cowboys Meet the Weird
  • 5:30 PM Cosplay Remix: Cosplay Crossovers and Multiverse Designs
  • 5:30 PM The Mythos & History of Vodou
  • 5:30 PM in Hilton Grand East: Historical Fiction Face Off: Outlander vs Bridgerton
  • 5:30 PM in Westin Overlook: History with a Twist: Author Signings
  • 7:00 PM Heading Back to Washington Heights: In the Heights Singalong
  • 7:00 PM Historical Romance Novels: A Deep Dive into Our Craving for Love
  • 8:30 PM Film Noir: The Building Blocks & Styles of This Cinema’s Iconic Genre
  • 8:30 PM Spies & the History They Impacted
  • 10:00 PM (MA) Bodice Ripping After Dark: A Showcase of Smut & Steamy Literature
  • 10:00 PM (MA) Sea Shanty Singalong With the Nocturnal Pirates of Atlanta


  • 11: 30 AM Introduction to Splendid Teapot Racing
  • 11: 30 AM Scandalous: Historical Gossip
  • 1:00 PM Etiquette History Class: Learning the Secret Language of Fans
  • 1:00 PM An Exploration of Strange Historical Coincidences
  • 2:30 PM How to Make a Chatelaine
  • 2:30 PM A Fan Discussion of The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die *Spoiler Alert*
  • 2:30 PM in Hilton Galleria 5: Through the Stones: The Outlander Series Fan Panel *Spoiler Warning*
  • 4:00 PM Facts Behind the Fizz to Create Your Own Soda
  • 4:00 PM Herstorically Speaking: Women of the Wild West
  • 5:30 PM Discussion & Workshop: Memento Mori, Victorian Mourning Jewelry
  • 5:30 PM A Clinical Analysis of Societal Pressure in TV from Bridgepoint Clinic
  • 5:30 PM in Hilton Grand East: 35th Anniversary of Phantom of Opera: Singalong
  • 7:00 PM A Chat With Spies
  • 7:00 PM in Courtland Grand Valdosta: Queen Charlotte: Beginning of a Legacy *Spoiler Warning*
  • 8:30 PM Things You Should Have Learned in History Class
  • 8:30 PM Psychotic Impact: History Makers with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder
  • 10:00 PM (MA) Theatre on the High Seas: Pirate Improv


  • 10:00 AM Jason Merrill’s Dapper on a Dime
  • 10:00 AM History & Theater: American History Told from the Stage
  • 10:00 AM in Courtland Grand Grand Ballroom: Splendid Teapot Race
  • 11:30 AM Pattern Power: Decoding, Customizing, and Perfecting Your Sewing Projects
  • 11:30 AM 1883 & 1923: A Deep Dive into the Prequels of Yellowstone *Spoiler Warning*
  • 11:30 AM in Hilton Crystal Ballroom: The Septennial Annual Tea Dueling
  • 1:00 PM Historical Fiction Mad Libs: Dragon Award Edition
  • 2:30 PM From Maisel to Mad Men: Exploring 1950s & 1960s Costumes in TV & Film
  • 2:30 PM The Future of the 1632 Universe
  • 4:00 PM Victorian Clothing: From Gilded Age to Steampunk
  • 4:00 PM A Master Class in Developing Alternate History Worlds
  • 5:30 PM A Fan Discussion: Who Is Perry Mason? *Spoiler Warning*
  • 5:30 PM Victorian Spiritualism
  • 7:00 PM Herstorically Speaking: Women in Song of Rock and Riot
  • 8:00 PM in Courtland Grand Grand Ballroom: Temporal Formal Dance Lessons
  • 10:00 PM in Courtland Grand Grand Ballroom: The Temporal Formal: Studio Era


  • 10:00 AM Replay: Behind the Scenes with Hollywood Costumer: Heather Vandergriff
  • 11:30 AM Behind the Mask: The History, Myth & Legends of The Phantom of the Opera
  • 1:00 PM Learning Session: Alternate History in Gaming
  • 2:30 PM Demo: Play an Alternate History Game
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