Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Unfurling Femininity" Exhibit at the Morris County Historical Society - July 16 - August 13, 2017

Unfurling Femininity  
New Exhibit Opening at the Morris County Historical Society
Sunday, July 16 through Sunday, August 13, 2017

In the many centuries pre-air conditioning – or even electric fans, woman relied on their own energy to cool themselves. But their “appliances” of choice were far more eye-catching than any electric air cooler invented since: fans and parasols.

Beginning Sunday, July 16, and running through August 13, Morris County Historical Society’s (MCHS) Unfurling Femininity exhibit at Acorn Hall will display a variety of 19th and 20th century fans, parasols, and feminine accouterments decorated in American, European, and Asian motifs.


Originally designed to help beat the heat of the ancient world, fans and parasols later became symbols of fashion, grace, elegance, and wealth, a role they proudly maintained through the early 20th century. Displayed parasols and fans highlight craftsmanship and the wide variety of styles, materials, and sizes often employed in creating these genuine works of art.

Timely for the hot and sunny summer season,  Unfurling Femininity will present a wide variety of classy commodities made of silk, satin, lace, wood, papers, feathers, mother of pearl, ivory, and whale bone.

In addition to seeing these treasures, visitors also will learn more about how women often used these items to enhance their feminine wiles.

The Morris County Historical Society is located at Acorn Hall and is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00- 4:00 pm. For a tour of Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibit, only, is one half of the price of admission.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Acorn Hall, an Italianate Villa, is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org.


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