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June 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pmFree
This costumed lecture by Kjirsten Gustavson, NYS Bureau of Historic Sites Interpretive Programs Coordinator, reveals the layers of clothing women in antebellum America had to wear to appear fashionable. This presentation will lead into a discussion of the reform clothing that began to appear in the late-1840s and early-1850s and why men and women advocated both for and against it. At the end, the audience will be invited to explore the new Dress Reform exhibit, one component of the larger “Complex Lives” exhibition, and examine the dress reform costume worn by women in the Oneida Community from 1848 to 1880.