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Lunch & Learn – Virtual

From Cradle to Grave:  Ages and Stages of 1800s Women’s Clothing

Virtual program offered online via Zoom
12pm – 1pm
Free program, but registration is required
Ages: 14 & Up

Join us on the third Thursday of the month March through December for a lunch and learn opportunity! We’ll be exploring topics related to Cantigny Park and local history.

Join the Illinois State Museum’s Erika Holst to learn about historic clothing through the lens of an 1800s women’s lifespan.  As women passed through various life stages and roles –  infants, children, unmarried women, brides, married women, widows, and elderly women – what types of clothing did custom dictate that they wear at each stage?  What do these types of garments reveal about how society viewed women at different stages of their life?  How did these roles and expectations evolve over the course of her life?  This presentation will be illustrated with examples of historic clothing from the Illinois State Museum’s historic garment collection.


Questions: 630-668-5161

This program includes built-in closed captioning through Zoom.