Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

June 25, 2011

Dressing Up, Fitting In, Standing Out



A Maine Historical Society Museum Exhibit

Dressing Up – adorning oneself to look your “best” for a particular occasion – reflects who we are, who we want to be, and how we want others to see us. We dress up and fit in for ceremonies and rituals, stand out for special social occasions, and try to look our best for photographers or painters.

     If my husband Monte and I make it to New England between today and May 27, 2012, a visit to the Maine Historical Society’s museum exhibit titled Dressing Up, Fitting In, Standing Out: Adornment & Identity in Maine. The exhibit features a handful of costumes from several periods and a selection of photographs and paintings that together show how people have dressed up in Maine.

     I would determine first what the “costuming” was during the time period my novel is set in Downeast Maine—1791-1824. Then I would explore the costuming my ancestors from Lamoine, Maine, would have adorned themselves in, back as far as the 1770s up to the late 1800s, with the understanding that These artifacts tell stories that will help us understand Maine’s social and cultural values at various periods and showcase items in our collection that reflect what it has meant to different Maine people to dress up, fit in or stand out.

     Hopefully the exhibit will enlighten me as to the social and cultural values of Lamoine, especially of those persons who celebrated events at the Shore Acres hotel originally owned by William des Islses, my ancestor.




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