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Contributed by: Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum
Date: circa 1784
Media: fabric, metal
Contributed by: Bucksport Historical Society
Date: circa 1866
Media: Cloth and medal
When America entered the Great War in 1917, the government sent out pleas for help from American women, many of whom responded at the battle front and on the home front.
Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.