Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Curatorial intern, Alexa Price

This summer Strawbery Banke welcomes Alexa Price as a curatorial intern. Alexa is a junior at the University of New Hampshire, where she studies 18th and 19th-century history. She also has a background in collections work, having held summer jobs and volunteer positions working with historical documents and object archives, both at UNH and the Exeter Historical Society.

Alexa is helping the Collections staff in preparing for next summer’s upcoming exhibit, “Thread: The Story of New England Fashion”, as well as doing current work for “Fitz John Porter: Hero or Coward?”

In addition to working with collections, Alexa has experience in historical sewing and has made clothing for Revolutionary War reenactments, as well as other eras. This summer she will be putting her experience to work for Strawbery Banke, creating children’s Civil War clothing for Strawbery Banke's Discovery Center. Children visiting the Fitz John Porter exhibit will have the chance to wear scaled-down versions of the Union Army uniforms, including military-issue shirts, sack coats, and trousers. There will also be canvas haversacks to complete the outfits. For practicality, the coats and trousers will be made from linen and canvas instead of wool, also allowing children to imagine what it would have been like wearing even heavier coats in the summer.

See more about the clothing here: http://silkbrocadepassionforfashion.blogspot.com/2011/06/civil-war-reproduction-clothing-for.html

Below are some examples of Alexa's previous work:

Day dresses and hats c. 1780

1947 swing dancing dress

1880-inspired prom gown

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