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KSUM exhibition

ON THE HOME FRONT: CIVIL WAR FASHIONS AND DOMESTIC LIFE

Broadbent Gallery | Sara Hume, Curator 

You refer to Annie’s mourning dresses. She wore black at the funeral, but so many deaths are now occurring at home and in the army, that black apparel is not so generally worn as formerly. It is not pleasant to wear somber black for long periods, and besides it is far costlier than before the war. 
— Mrs. Thomas J Anderson to Mrs. James H Anderson. Marion Ohio, Dec 8, 1863

 

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY: RECENT ACQUISITIONS TO THE COLLECTION

Alumni Gallery | Sara Hume, Curator 

The Kent State University Museum’s collection of costumes is already one of the finest in the country, and it continues to grow and improve thanks to the generosity of our donors. The objects on display in the Alumni Gallery through October 2011 have all been given to the Museum since 2002 and have been selected because they attest to the great diversity and exceptional quality of the objects that are accepted into the collection.

I NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT A HAT: THE SAVANNA VAUGHN CLARK COLLECTION

Alumni Gallery | Elizabeth Morgan, Guest Curator and Jean L. Druesedow, Director

Savanna Vaughn Clark has been wearing, collecting and enjoying hats all her life. She has said that she “never leaves the house without a hat.” For Mrs. Clark, hats create a total look and she selects each one to compliment a specific outfit. A generous donor to the Kent State University Museum, Mrs. Clark has given the museum more than one hundred hats. Those selected for this exhibition date from the 1950s to the present day.

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