On Saturday May 19th, The Julia A. Purnell Museum will present Maids & Mistresses: Exploring Victorian Women’s Lives Through Costume. The special luncheon event, to be held at the Nassawango Country Club in Snow Hill, presents what it was like for women of different stations during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Live models in period dress (and stages of undress) will help illustrate the distinctions in the lives of the working class versus the upper class, and of maids as well as mistresses.
Museum director Claire Otterbein will provide the context and history of how women managed in the early days of the Industrial Revolution, a time when men went to work in offices and factories and when society’s concept of the ideal role for women was one of motherhood and as keepers of the home. The program also examines the roles of 19th century women and, in particular, how the details of their apparel offered clues about their daily lives.
Tickets for the program and luncheon are $25. Contact the museum for further details.
THE JULIA A. PURNELL MUSEUM
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