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Fresh Goods: Shopping for Clothes in a New England Town, 1750 - 1900


  • Concord Museum 200 Lexington Road Concord, MA, 01742 United States (map)

How do you shop for clothes? Do you go to a department store, buy online or through catalogues, shop locally at specialty shops, or sew your own? How did Concordians in the 18th and 19th centuries acquire their clothes? Who were the style-setters?

Fresh Goods examines these questions about the sources and context of small-town New England fashion and documents answers by drawing on the Concord Museum's extensive historic clothing, textile, and decorative arts collection, as well as probate inventories, account books, advertisements, photographs, and letters and diaries of the period.

Material culture historians Jane and Richard Nylander are the Consulting Curators for the exhibition. The exhibition is supported in part by The Coby Foundation, Ltd.; Middlesex Savings Bank; NorthBridge Insurance Agency, Inc., Proud to Partner with N.P. James Insurance; The Felicia Fund; and generous individuals.

Earlier Event: December 16
Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style
Later Event: April 14
Inhabiting Folk Portraits