Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site hosts "Dying for Fashion" hat exhibition

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

Daily from August 17, 2013 until December 7, 2013

Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

Phone: 260.854.3790

Email: genestrattonportershs@indianamuseum.org

Link: http://www.genestratton-porter.com

Event Description

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 7:51 AM EST

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, in honor of their namesake Gene's 150th birthday, will showcase popular hat styles and fashions from the late 1800s into the early 1900s in Dying for Fashion: Gene's Concern for Our Feathered Friends. The exhibition will be on view from August 17 through December 7, 2013, in the Carriage House Visitor's Center.

"Gene Stratton-Porter had a disdain for the feather trade as one can imagine. In the late 1800s it was all the rage to wear a hat with at least one feather on it, if not more." explains Site Manager, Dave W. Fox. "Eventually the style got so out of hand that entire birds were being placed onto women's hats. The story of Gene's visit to a milliner's shop inspired this exhibit. Guests may learn more about Gene's experience, what her reaction was, and even see an 1886 survey conducted in New York City by Frank Chapman to document the number and species of birds used to adorn hats."

The Indiana State Museum has several hats in its collection showcasing the variety of styles and feathers adorning these hats. In addition, samples used by the Audubon Society to campaign against the slaughter of birds for their plumage are included in the exhibit.

Admission to the exhibition is $5 per adult, $4 for seniors (60 +) and $2 for kids ages 3-12. This fee also includes a tour of the house, and the movie poster display upstairs in the Visitor's Center.

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