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Object Spotlight Talk: Silk Shoe in the April 19th gallery
January 20 at 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Learn how a fancy silk and wool shoe connects to the important role women played in boycotting goods from England during the American Revolution. In the 18th century, American milliners often imported fancy English shoes for sale to their customers, but unpopular tax laws from the British government led colonists to protest by refusing to purchase items imported from England, including textiles. Women pressured their families and communities to only buy goods made in the Americas, and organized spinning bees to make yarn that was turned into clothes known as “homespun.” This spotlight talk highlights the involvement of women in boycotting campaigns, and how this enabled them to express political views and support for the Patriot cause.
About Object Spotlight Talks: During these brief talks, Museum Interpreter showcase a fascinating story behind an item in the Concord Museum collections.
Talks will take place in the April 19th gallery at 11:00-11:30 am
Free with Museum admission | Members visit free.
Silk Shoe, London, 1790. Concord Museum Collection, Gift of Mrs. Lucy Jane Wood, PER1139a,b.