Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Museum’s August “Last Monday” to Time Travel

“Layers of History” will be the theme for the Versailles Area Museum’s “Last Monday” for August 29th. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the museum.

Our feature guest will be Hannah Wiest Darke County Parks Naturalist. Hannah will present her unique program “Layers of History: Women’s Fashion During the War Between the States”. Joining Hannah will be local author and retired teacher, Cynthia Vogel who will talk about some of the women who weren’t so “lady like” fighting in the war.

Hannah’s lecture presents a revealing history about ladies’ fashion and undergarments during the early 1860s. She will expose each layer and the purpose of the individual garments and explain how the fabric content, print, dress style, and cut all disclosed a woman’s class, age, and social standing.

Wiest will be dressed in a complete ensemble and have many other garments to show as well as a Power Point. She is a member of The Ohio Valley Civil War Association which is made up of the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the 19th US Regular Infantry, the 1st Ohio Battery C Light Artillery, Birge’s Western Sharpshooter (the best US Signal Corp unit in the country), and the Civil War Civilians.

Wiest is a Darke county native, graduated from WSU in creative writing, and currently works as a naturalist educator at DCP. She has a passion for history and spends her free time researching, pattern drafting, and sewing historical clothing both for her living history hobby and for the Park District. She and her new husband, Robert, live in the Arcanum area.

Cynthia, a long time museum volunteer, has authored two books about Civil War women. She has spent many hours researching their unique story and contribution. From spying to fighting women were up to the task too!
While Cynthia’s first book is currently out of print her second volume is available in the museum gift shop.

Our afternoon will conclude with gentile refreshments of the day and of course conversation! Please join us ladies, and bring along the men folk too. They need to know how you all have suffered for them through the centuries!

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