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Down East Magazine highlights the MHS Historic Dress Collection

<i>Down East Magazine</i> highlights the MHS Historic Dress Collection

June 10, 2021

Excerpt: Fashion isn’t frivolous — it’s a primary resource that illustrates societal shifts throughout time. That’s what Freeport-based textile and dress historian Jacqueline Field wants people to take away from the Maine Historical Society’s Historic Dress Collection, an assemblage of Mainers’ duds (mostly, but not all, dresses) from the early 18th century on, now browsable online for the first time thanks to a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The MHS has been building the collection since 1822, and the pieces are often documented with the names of their original owners, even if little is known about the details of their lives. Field, who provided narration for the project, told us about her three favorite gowns. READ FULL ARTICLE by editor Adrienne Perron on

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