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The Mark Twain House & Museum, Talk

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

In 1838, a young woman was given a diary on her wedding day. Collecting snippets of fabric from a range of garments – some her own, others donated by family and friends – she carefully annotated each one, creating a unique record of their lives. Her name was Mrs. Anne Sykes. 

Nearly two hundred years later, the diary fell into the hands of Kate Strasdin, a fashion historian and museum curator. Using her expertise, Strasdin spent the next six years unravelling the secrets contained within the album’s pages, and the lives of the people within. Piece by piece, she charts Anne’s journey from the mills of Lancashire to the port of Singapore before tracing her return to England in later years. 

Through the evidence of waistcoats, ball gowns and mourning outfits, Strasdin lays bare the whole of human experience in the most intimate of mediums: the clothes we choose to wear. 

 Virtual: Free for members. Choose your own price for non-members. REGISTER HERE. 

Copies of The Dress Diary are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so. 


 About the Author: Dr. Kate Strasdin is a fashion historian, museum curator and lecturer at Falmouth University, where she teaches the history of Fashion Design, Marketing and Photography. 

About the Moderator: Emma Gerstein is the Assistant Manager of Interpretation at The Mark Twain House & Museum. 


June 20
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT


Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT
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