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A Colonists Wardrobe with Dan Rosen
April 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join the Newport Historical Society for a History Space event Saturday, April 20, 2019 10am to 2pm at the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 17 Broadway, Newport, RI. This event is free, donations welcome. Rescheduled from October 2018.
When Newport, Rhode Island was founded in 1639, what were people wearing? Join us for an interactive program with 17th century tailor, Dan Rosen, to answer this question. Chat with Dan and feel the fabrics as he demonstrates the work of a colonial clothier.
For over ten years, Dan Rosen has been fascinated by the clothes new settlers in North America selected to protect them in their new, unfamiliar environment. He has reconstructed the recommended wardrobe for a hypothetical colonist based on the suggestions and experiences of earlier mariners and merchants, visitors and voyagers. His interpretations of the garments and objects which may have armored early Rhode Islanders against the bitter winter and scorching summer are hand sewn exclusively using the techniques, tools, and materials that tailors employed 400 years ago.
Image credit Andrea Ewing Callicutt