Perfect Ladies

May 13, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

In the 19th century many believed the role of women was to please men, be decorative in social situations and act in a refined manner. While women were responsible for domestic duties such as sewing and laundry, they were also expected to uphold and epitomize the family's social status. In a 2:00 p.m. slide talk, Kristina Haugland, Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will examine the social background behind the evolution of Victorian fashions such as corsets, hoop skirts and bustles as well as attempts to reform women’s dress and redefine their social position. Actual undergarments and also examples of Durand-Hedden’s Victorian clothing collection will be on view.

Visitors can also enjoy light refreshments, see the exciting new exhibit, "After the Hickories: Roosevelt Park" and visit the Country Store for unique gifts and souvenirs.

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Women’s History

Next Event

April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM

Shuttles, Spindle and Flyer Wheels: Hand spinning and Weaving in the 21st Century

The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.


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