Civil War-related artifacts from
The exhibit will be on view through
"The program will feature period-authentic reproduction fashions of both ladies and gentlemen, rich and poor alike, as well as military attire," said
The dresses and uniforms will follow the style, patterns, and fabrics of original garments as closely as possible, right down to the buttons that held them together. "Much as fashion trends change today, so did they back then," said Cordek. "There were notable changes in fashion between the start of the war and its end."
During the evening, approximately 80 different garments and several unique outfits will be on display.
The re-created clothing is never considered a costume.
"There is a tremendous amount of research in a period-correct garment be it for a gentleman or lady," Cordek said. "Even undergarments are a must to give the correct form."
Cordek said uniforms for volunteer units were produced not according to the specifications of national war departments but to those of state militia authorities or even units themselves.
"They were issued not from central quartermaster depots but from local storehouses or even purchased from tailors by individuals," she said.
Cost of the event is
A limited number of tickets and required reservations are requested by noon Sunday by calling 445-6077.
A catered dinner will be served at
The menu features tossed salad, chicken breast stuffed with roasted bell peppers and spinach, roasted red Parmesan potatoes, steamed vegetables and a roll with butter.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling 445-6077. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Free admission to the Civil War exhibit at the Historical Center is included with each ticket.
"This is a very unique event, and with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War drawing to a close, it is the perfect time to witness a little about the war that made America what it is today," Cordek said. "These programs are intended to give a glimpse of the Civil War beyond the battlefield."
A look back
What: "From the Battlefield to the Homefront: A Civil War Fashion Show and Dinner."
Where: At the
Reservations: Call 445-6077 by noon Sunday.
What:"The Civil War in
Where: Somerset Historical Center,
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