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Threatened with a Leather Dress: Children's Clothing in Early America

  • Museum of Old Newbury 98 High Street Newburyport United States (map)

The Museum of Old Newbury is pleased to announce its June lecture presented by well-known historian Betsy Garrett Widmer on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The illustrated presentation will be held at the museum's headquarters at 98 High Street. A reception will be held at 6:30 pm followed by the lecture at 7 pm in the Francis Benjamin Lecture Hall. Funding for this program is made possible by a grant from the Institution for Savings.

Threatened with a Leather Dress: Children’s Clothing in Early America is an anecdotal talk on juvenile dress and will take into account the often-contravening viewpoints of both mother and child. Widmer will explore the chores and challenges, the pride and pain, the injustices real and the injustices imagined, the battles won and the battles lost, in nursery dressing rooms throughout eighteenth and nineteenth century America. 


Betsy Garrett Widmer is an author educator, and museum consultant. She has enjoyed a decades-long career in both the museum and auction worlds, always with education as her focus. A graduate of Connecticut College and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, she is the author of several books including At Home; The American Family 1750-1870. She is currently working on a book on childhood in early America.  

Admission is free, although space is limited, and reservations are requested. To make a reservation, call 978-462-2681 or email