Fashioning the New England Family

Exhibition

Many of us spend time thinking about what we wear and what these choices say about our personality, interests, position, and beliefs. This has been true throughout history. Yet, over time the coded messages in material culture of the American past have become harder for us to read. Fashioning the New England Family uncovers stories as told by various examples of clothing, fabric, accoutrements, and associated manuscripts. The exhibition is on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) through April 6, 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The exhibition is organized as part of MASS Fashion, a consortium of eight cultural institutions set up to explore and celebrate the many facets of the culture of fashion in Massachusetts. 

Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson & America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

18Feb 6:00PM 2019
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Steve Luxenberg presents a myth-shattering narrative of how a nation embraced “separation” and its pernicious consequences. Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme ...

History of Women and Gender Seminar

Panel: Feminist Economics

19Feb 5:30PM 2019
Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute

These papers begin a conversation on the intersection of the study of the women’s liberation movement with the history of capitalism. Danielle Dumaine’s paper ...

Teacher Workshop

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20Feb 9:30AM 2019
Registration fee: $25 per person

Lowell’s water-powered textile mills catapulted the nation – including immigrant families and early female factory workers – into an uncertain new ...

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