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Civil War Dress From the Inside Out
Just how many layers did 1860s women wear to achieve that bell-shaped silhouette? Join Illinois State Museum’s Curator of History Erika Holst to find out! Drawing upon examples of 1860s clothing from the ISM's collections, Holst will walk you through the many layers of women's dress, from chemise to shawl, and discuss the significance of each garment. A question and answer period will follow.

Oct 13, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Erika Holst
Curator of History @Illinois State Museum
Erika Holst is the Curator of History at the Illinois State Museum. Her most recent exhibition, Fashioning Illinois, 1850-1900, is currently on view at the Illinois State Museum's Lockport Gallery. [Let me know when this will run; the exhibition is moving from Springfield to Lockport this summer]. Holst has worked in the public history field for more than 15 years, during which time she has curated more than a dozen exhibitions. She is passionate about sharing stories of the people and history of Illinois through material culture. Holst’s publications include Wicked Springfield: Crime, Corruption, and Scandal During the Lincoln Era, Edwards Place: A Springfield Treasure, and Historic Houses of Lincoln’s Illinois, as well as several scholarly and popular articles. She holds a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.