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“Exhibits like this are pretty rare,” said the museum’s director Tara Raiselis. “And doesn’t everyone love clothing? Clothes are an easy way to relate to people in the past. You don’t have to love history to enjoy costumes.”
Some of the 48 mannequins could be on display at Urban Outfitters. Their big buttoned jackets, fabulous red capes, skinny breeches, and pea coats have come back into vogue. However, the corsets, crinoline and bustled bums can stay in the past … or on Downton Abbey.
Museum admission is $5, but is free Fridays from 4-8 p.m. For more information, visit Saco Museum’s website.
It’s hard to believe there was little recourse for a frigid ear back in the mid-1800s. Luckily a young man from Farmington came up with a genius idea: Ear-Mufflers. Chester was only 15 when he came up with the idea, and the first pair of earmuffs were purportedly made by his grandmother out of beaver fur and wire.
We salute you, Chester Greenwood