Behind the Beautiful Dress: Making Cloth & Clothing in the 19th Century

Event Type: Adults
Date: 5/5/2021
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 [Online] Textiles drove the pre-Civil War economy in America, providing a money-making opportunity for a few and exploiting the labor of countless others. Learn about the cotton economy's impact on the home production of textiles, the introduction of ready-made clothing, and the labor involved in making and caring for 19th-century clothing. Then, consider contemporary issues about who makes today's clothing, under what conditions, and how it's disposed of. Presented by Erika Holst, curator of history at Illinois State Museum.

This event is produced in partnership with Illinois Humanities.
The Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau invites Illinois authors, artists, and educators to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state, enabling
local nonprofit organizations to present free-admission cultural programs of high quality to their communities for a modest fee.

This program uses free Zoom conferencing. After registration, you will receive an email explaining how to join the event using your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You may also listen in, no video required, from your cell phone or landline.

Closed-captioning available for this program.

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A recording of this program will be available on YouTube.

   Vernon Area Public Library
Location: Internet
Contact: Adult Desk
Contact Number: 224-543-1485
Presenter: Erika Holst