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The Adirondack Museum Presents: “Trunks and Travel: a 19th Century Journey"
Join the Adirondack Museum for its next Cabin Fever Sunday program, "Trunks and Travel: a 19th Century Journey," on Sunday, April 7. This special Speaker in the Humanities event is sponsored by the Council on the Humanities and is free to attend.
The audience is part of the program in this presentation which brings to life the customs, sights, and sounds of travel in late-19th-century New York State. Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations. Rather than being told that life was different back then, the audience experiences it firsthand, by unpacking the trunks and other luggage, and comparing the perceived needs and standards of the Victorian era to today's travel customs. This program includes an exhibit of post-Civil War travel outer garments and accessories for men, women, and children. Digital projection enables large-scale presentation of graphics and photos of transportation and travelers.
As director of Victorian Whispers, an educational program development agency, Mary Jeanne Bialas has made NY State history come alive for audiences of all ages. As an English/Drama instructor for 34 years, she developed extensive living history programs solidifying history's place in American and British literature. Using her background in costume design and her love for antique clothing, she has designed traveling multi-media exhibits adding to her vision of 19th century life. Her programs focus on the impact of Victorian society and politics upon the fashions, gender roles, education, travel and transportation, social expectations, and life in general during the 1800s.
This Cabin Fever Sunday program will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium and is offered free of charge. Please check the museum’s website for information about cancellations or delays before traveling. Cabin Fever Sundays are made possible by generous support from the New York State Council on the Humanities and the New York State Council on the Arts. For additional information, please call (518) 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit www.adkmuseum.org.
The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 22 exhibits on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For additional information, visit www.adkmuseum.org or call (518) 352-7311.