One hundred years ago, the United States and Europe was still reeling from the sinking of the Titanic. Over the past month, there has been a flurry of interest in the unsinkable ship’s sinking. Here are a few highlights for those interested in more:
Image courtesy of the Kent State University Museum.
One of the most highly anticipated events for Saturday’s Living History of the Civil War event at the CPL will be the Civil War era fashion show. It starts promptly at noon at the center stage on the library’s lawn.
It’s getting chilly in Cambridge. Autumn is here and the long winter is almost upon us. As is often the case when the weather turns cold, I wonder how the first Cambridge citizens braved the freezing temperatures and gusts of wind with their limited comforts and resources. I came across a wonderful book, written by Elizabeth McClellan in 1904, titled Historic Dress in America, 1607 – 1800, with an entire chapter on fashion in Puritan Massachusetts.
Can you picture the streets of Cambridge filled with women covering their faces for protection against the cold? Perhaps men also wore a face covering, although McClellan doesn’t mention it in her book. This image of the Puritan woman in winter dress certainly challenged my imagination when it comes to early street scenes of Cambridge’s first inhabitants.
McClellan’s book is available for research in the Cambridge Room.