Making Cloth and Clothing in the 19th Century

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Online

Event Audience: 

Family
Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

Join Curator of History Erika Holst on a walk through the Fashioning Illinois exhibition to learn how cloth and clothing were made in the 19th century and the impact of textiles on early American life. This presentation will also take you behind the scenes in the Illinois State Museum's offsite storage facility to see examples of tools used to make cloth and clothing.

It is hard to overstate the role of textiles in early American life. For families, the making of textiles and clothing required countless hours of labor, while the purchase of textiles could consume a large portion of the household budget. For the nation, textiles drove the pre-Civil War American economy. They provided a money-making opportunity for a few and exploited the labor of countless others.

This program is free though donations are appreciated. Advanced registration is required and participation is limited. Registration can be found here.

 

Sewing room, shirt factory, Troy, N.Y. courtesy Library of Congress

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