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September 27, 2021

Contact: Diana Simon
Cherokee Strip Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-336-2405

Women’s Day at the Museum at the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry

PERRY, Okla. — On Saturday, October 9, the Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School will host a Women’s Day at the Museum focused on fashion developments of the 1850s and 1860s. From 2 to 4 p.m., resident Rose Hill schoolmarm and historical seamstress Melissa Grice will give a presentation entitled “Crinolines and Separating Busks,” describing innovations in women’s fashion in the early Victorian era that made wearing voluminous, elegant dresses more tolerable. Her talk will focus on a time when ladies wore cage crinolines and crinoline petticoats to create a fashionable silhouette. She will also discuss corsets and the innovation of separating busks—important advances that made dresses more comfortable, healthier and more elegant than in previous decades. The demonstration will include instructions about sewing a sunbonnet.

This event is free to the public, but preregistration is appreciated. Call 580-336-2405 to RSVP. The Cherokee Strip Museum is located at 2617 W. Fir St. in Perry. For more information about activities and exhibits at the museum, please call 580-336-2405.

The Cherokee Strip Museum is an affiliate of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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