Historian to give lecture at Museum of Old Newbury

Betsy Garrett Widmer

NEWBURYPORT – The Museum of Old Newbury will feature well-known historian Betsy Garrett Widmer for its June lecture on Wednesday, June 19. The illustrated presentation will be held at the museum's headquarters at 98 High St. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 in the Francis Benjamin Lecture Hall. 

"Threatened with a Leather Dress: Children’s Clothing in Early America" is an anecdotal talk on juvenile dress and will take into account the often-contravening viewpoints of both mother and child. Widmer will explore the chores and challenges, the pride and pain, the injustices real and the injustices imagined, the battles won and the battles lost, in nursery dressing rooms throughout 18th and 19th century America.

Widmer is an author, educator, and museum consultant, with a decades-long career in both the museum and auction worlds, with education as her focus. A graduate of Connecticut College and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, she is the author of several books including At Home; The American Family 1750-1870. She is working on a book on childhood in early America.

Funding for this program is made possible by a grant from the Institution for Savings.

Admission is free, although space is limited, and reservations are requested. To make a reservation, call 978-462-2681 or email info@newburyhistory.org.