March 28, 2020

Ladies Notice: Dressmaking & Millinery on 19th c. Main Street

Ladies Notice: Dressmaking & Millinery on 19th c. Main Street

Date(s) - Saturday, March 28, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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In a 1891 article, the Hampshire Gazette asked how Northampton’s “excess of women” made their living? The answer for more than 200 women was making dresses and hats.

In this richly illustrated lecture, nationally-known costume and textile historian (and former Historic Northampton curator) Lynne Z. Bassett will examine the 19th-century millinery (hat making) and dressmaking trades in Northampton. She will focus particularly on the Dickinson family, who dominated the millinery trade in Hampshire County for most of the century, and dressmakers represented by dresses now in Historic Northampton’s collection.

Welcome and introduction by Kiki Smith, professor of theater at Smith College & a professional costume and set designer. She is also the former chair of Historic Northampton.

Admission: $5 members, donors and students; $10 all others.

Pre-registration is recommended. To register, visit:

Part of the Main Street lecture series. Sponsored by Conklin Office Supply.