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Celebrate Women's History With Look At Victorian Clothing

Recognition part of Women's History Month

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams will host "Beneath It All...A Look at the Victorian Woman From the Inside Out" on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the White Salmon Community Library.

The event, which is a humorous and educational presentation by clothing historian Marge Harding, is being sponsored in recognition of Women's History Month.

Refreshments will be provided.

Harding is a professional clothing instructor and accomplished seamstress who has been teaching, studying and lecturing on clothing since 1965.

She is a featured speaker at conferences, festivals, living history events and historic sites throughout the area, including the national "Conference of Ladies of the 1860s" (Civil War era).

Harding holds a degree from the University of Rhode Island in its Historic Textile Conservation and Preservation Master's Program, and is active in many living history programs and historical organizations.

Using both first person and humor, Harding presents the 19th century woman with all the rules and regulations which dictated her life. She has a special affection for Victorian jewelry and has presented on its symbolism and sentimentalities.

"I have seen Ms. Harding at other events," said Soroptimist Pat Paulsen, event coordinator. "She is very entertaining and educational. I hope men and women of all ages will come gain a perspective and understanding of how women's fashion, particularly in the Victorian era, controlled women's lives, all the way from making the clothes in poor working conditions to wearing them despite the costs to their bodies. It may seem like just fashion, but the social expectations and effects of women's clothing had a significant impact on women's positions in society at that time."

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

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