Fashions to Die For

Historian Kathy Wilson will give a presentation entitled “Fashions to Die For!” on Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 PM in the Marshalltown Public Library’s meeting rooms.

Did you know that clothing can make you sick, break your bones, and even kill you? It’s true! It can even drive you mad! This program takes a look at 18th and 19th century fashions and the deadly secrets hiding behind those fabulous looks, and tackles some of those urban myths, too, including whether it was possible for Scarlet O’Hara to have an 18 inch waist!

A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun as well as interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences.

Ms. Wilson received her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed her Masters at the University of York. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th-century British-American social history. Her dissertation investigates the role of kinship networks in the social transformations of Catholic families, 1760-1850.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the library’s website at or call the library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4.

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Date(s) - Saturday, March 16, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Marshalltown Public Library