I just discovered a great online resource called American Centuries that I just had to share! This website, which can be found at this address: http://americancenturies.mass.edu/home.html, was developed by Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, Massachusetts. It’s main content looks at the turn-of-the-centuries in American History – 1700, 1800, and 1900 – and examines the people, politics, and daily life. It includes some great content videos, activities, and even online collections to browse.
I’ll let you explore on your own, but I want to highlight a GREAT interactive feature! They have a fantastic “Dress Up” area where you can explore the different layers of clothing for women: http://americancenturies.mass.edu/activities/dressup/1700_woman.html AND for men: http://americancenturies.mass.edu/activities/dressup/1700_man.html!
These are very good examples of early 18th century dress, and very close to how we try to dress at Pennsbury Manor. To learn about a garment or accessory, simply roll your mouse over the object until it highlights – a text box should appear and an audio voice will also read the text aloud. Have fun learning and feel free to discuss in the comments section below!!