Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fridge List for Fall 2019

Kimberly Alexander 
Upcoming Talks for Fall 2019:

Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era 
Fashioning the New England Family

September 9, 7:00pm
Wiggin Memorial Library and Stratham Historical Society, Stratham, NH
Fashioning the 18th Century New England Family

September 28, 2:00pm
Massachusetts Historical Society 
Workshop/Free but registration required
Primary Sources for Fashion & Costume History Research
With Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire and Sara Georgini, MHS
Antique textiles, images of historical figures, and material culture hold a wealth of information that can enrich personal stories, explain relationships, and contextualize the world that people occupied. However, these sources can seem daunting to explore. Two experts on fashion and material culture will guide you through unraveling the stories woven into history’s fabric. This workshop is part of MHS Remember Abigail programming, and Boston Fashion Week

October 1, 6:30pm
Malden Historical Society, Malden, MA
Shoes and Their Stories[part of the Elisha Converse  2020 Exploring the Industrial History of Malden series]

October 16, 7:00pm
Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, MA
“1 gowne 6 petticoats 1 pair body’s’: Dressing in Early New England

October 25-27
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company35th Annual General Meeting with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA
‘Shoes for the Southern Trade’: Northern Complicity & the Shoe Trade in the Early Republic

November 3, 1:00pm
Durham Historic Association
Buying Shoes and Purchasing Patriotism: The Politicization of Footwear, 1760s-1770s

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Child’s 18th Century Lace Stomacher

Carefully preserved in the collections of the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA. is a diminutive stomacher (Accession #PHM111A). Made for a member of the Standish family, it is 8 inches long and 6 inches wide at the widest point. Triangular in shape, it is made of needle lace insets with a bobbin lace edge. Similar triangular shaped stomachers were an essential component of 18th century women’s dress, serving both to cover stays, and to embellish open robes or gowns. They were easily removable via quick stitching or straight pins.

This charming piece may have been owned by Hannah Standish between 1703-1774, although the maker and wearer are not known.

Many thanks to PHM Director, Donna Curtin, for her assistance.

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