Women’s History Month can be traced back to 1911 with the establishment of the first International Women’s Day event. More recently, in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s Week. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress and the Month of March was declared Women’s History Month. The theme for 2016 is working to form a more perfect union and honors women in public service and government.
With Women’s History Month in mind, the Danbury Museum and Historical Society located on 43 Main Street in Danbury is hosting a special living history luncheon on Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kandie Carle, an actress from Connecticut since the 1980s, who has performed everything from Shakespeare to musical comedy, across the United States will perform … “from corsets to gloves” that will take the audience on a journey back to Edwardian times.
This performance is not a fashion show, rather the goal is to interact with the audience. Carle will show the audience how clothing was used as an accessory and as a tool. Carle will choose a variety of pieces to show how they were worn, what they were used for and, most importantly, when it was, or was not, appropriate to wear the item. During her performance she will share her insights and explain the lifestyle, manners, etiquette and customs of men, women and children from the mid-nineteenth century to the turn of the twentieth century. Carle has amassed an impressive collection of authentic Edwardian clothes and accessories that date to this period and are sure to intrigue the audience.
Seatings for a buffet styled lunch, that will be served at 12:30 p.m. begins at 11 a.m. and the performance begins at 11:30. To reserve a spot contact the Danbury Museum at 203-743-5200 or visit their website. The cost of this entertaining luncheon event is $25 per person, and must be paid for in advance.
While at the Danbury Museum and Historical Society, take time to check out the exhibit that will be on view through April 2 called Life Through A Lens. This exhibit takes viewers down memory lane and is a retrospective of images of Danbury and the greater Danbury area. Photographers included in this exhibition are: Carol Kaliff, Wendy Carlson, Michael Duffy and the late David W. Harple. The hours of the museum are Monday -Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more area information visit the website of the Western Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau.