Sunday, February 8, 2015AshMus_Dress2
2:30 pm at the
Ashland Museum
105 Hanover Avenue
Ashland, VA 23005

Rosanne Shalf, President of the Ashland Museum, and Sherry Graves, member of the Virginia Homespun Dance Ensemble, will present a program about 19th Century Women’s Clothing on Sunday, February 8, at 2:30 pm at the Ashland Museum, located at 105 Hanover Avenue in Ashland, Virginia.

The talk will include pictures and examples of women’s clothing from 1800 to 1900, with examples from the Ashland Museum collection and the collection of Sherry Graves.

Rosanne Shalf, a local historian, researched the history of 19th century clothing for this program and collected samples and pictures for the presentation, including pictures from Ladies Godeys Book from the early 19th Century to the turn of the 20th Century. The Museum’s collection includes a replica dress from 1865 donated by the Virginia Homespun Dance Ensemble and Halloway House and a dress from 1870 owned by Ashland resident Ella Williams Walsh given to the museum by her great-granddaughter, Toni Leake of Richmond.

Sherry Graves is an expert on clothing of the mid-19th Century, including underpinnings such as hoops and corsets that women wore. The Virginia Homespun Dance Ensemble is composed of members and friends of the Virginia 12th Infantry reenactment group. They demonstrate authentic dance, music, manners, and clothing of the mid-19th Century.

Tickets are $10 for Ashland Museum members, $15 for non-members. Register online here or by mailing a check to Ashland Museum, PO Box 633, Ashland, Virginia 23005. Please indicate name of program on the check. This program benefits the Ashland Museum.