Abraham Lincoln Exhibit
Seattle's MOHAI
"Civil War Living History Day"
February 16, 2008


This "Dress-up Opportunity" got started by a member noticing there was to be a special exhibit at Mohai (Seattle's own Museum of History and Industry) in honor of President Lincoln.

There was to be a Civil War Reenactment group or two, PLUS a wonderful fashion show.  Well, "butter my biscuits", we just HAD to be there!

Although a number of the Somewhere in Time, Unlimited ladies attending, I only have a few photos of those present.  If you happen to have any, please let the web mistress know!
"Miss Bonnie" was the narrator for the fashion show.  Originally from the South, her lilting accent and charming descriptions of how men and ladies dressed back then was really delightful indeed!

I believe she is a member of the Washington Civil War Association (www.wcwa.net).

Miss Bonnie introduced each member of her group, men and women, what the garments were made of and who had actually sewn the garments.  Great attention to detail was evident in the beautiful attire.

Miss Marjorie wore the beautiful peach fancy ball gown and later one, a green plaid day dress.  Good job!

This is young Micaela wearing a dress that was typical day/play dress for the time period.  The seamstress was Miss Bonnie and sh has done a beautiful job of the tucks and embroidery!

Here, young Miss Bobbi is modeling a dress sewn by her Grandmother Miss Linda!

Wouldn't it have been so cool to be able to dress-up in pretty dresses like this when YOU were a little girl?

Here, Grandma has managed an excellent example of the bonnet, dress and pantaloons that a very young girl would have worn back in the 1850's.

The pink color was very striking against this model's coloring and she looked darling!







Miss Alisa has been in Civil War reenactment for a long time. 
The "sheer" dress was created and sewn by Miss Linda.


Miss Bonnie is pointing out and explaining about all the gear that someone in the military would carry on his person.  She also mentioned how at the beginning, the "North" and "South" started out wearing a given uniform, but by the end of the war, they may have run out of replenishment supplies for uniforms so they had to resort to being creative.  This uniform is very cool.  I believe the gentleman is Miss Bonnie's husband, Frank.

Miss Barbara is showing a beautiful dress she has sewn, along with a complimentary cape.  Notice the dark border at the bottom?  The intention is to have a different piece of fabric which could wear out from the dust and wearing and then later be replaced with a new piece.  Very clever!


"Miss Gladys" was the petite one today.  She wore an elegant day/traveling dress made in green with lace collar and lace under-sleeves.  Her dress had a marvelous shine and we love her hat/snood combo!

Here, Miss Bonnie is pointing out some fine details in the dress that Miss Linda has sewn.  That dark green fabric is just LUSCIOUS in person.  Miss Linda has done a wonderful job on her dress and the photos don't do it justice.



In addition to her own dress, Miss Linda had also sewn the gentleman's outfit for husband Alfred. Well done!



Miss Linda and Alfred sure make a lovely couple, don't they? 
Here is another set of outfits sewn and tailored by Miss Linda. 
He looks a bit uncomfortable on stage, but he was really striking in his duds!



Pictured here is the delightful Miss Bettie.  Her plaid was very eye-catching.  I heard people comment in the audience about the fabric.  **Side note - Miss Betty is actually related to someone who traveled on the Titanic and she as instrumental in the Titanic exhibit done here in Seattle several years ago.  Miss Bettie is a wealth of info!



Another very well done dress that was no-doubt, difficult to sew to make sure the bottom came out even with all the plaid markings.  Wow!  One wonders, how many hours went into the design of this beauty?


Although not easily seen in these dark photos, here is an example of the "other side's" uniform during the Civil War.  Don't you just love all that "bling" that the model is wearing to create his "look"?  Thank you Ted!

"President Lincoln" swings by MOHAI to give us a speech.  It is very heartfelt and rousing.  The audience shows a rapt capture attention.  Even the media is taking note...

Reenactor - Richard "Fritz" Klein      
  Some of the ladies came to show their handiwork and how to spin wool into yarn.  If the room hadn't been so hot that day, perhaps more would have stayed to get a better set of instructions.


Miss Pattie and Miss Pat are busy with spinning.

Here Miss Corky does handwork, Alisa looks on.



Well ladies, did you have fun and did you take careful notes today? 

I'm sure there are several of us who are now enthusiastic to start on our own dress or uniform having had such inspirational pieces to view this afternoon!

Also in attendance today, were several other men and women representing 3 major Civil War Reenactment groups from the Pacific Northwest area.  If you would like more information and how to join these folks, here are the names and websites:
Washington Civil War Association   www.wcwa.net
For Steilacoom   www.fortsteilacoom.com

United Daughter of The Confederacy,
Robert E. Lee, Chapter 885

Participants/models were: "Miss Bonnie" Starr, Bettie Russo, Hope & Miriya Russo, Micaela Perry, Linda & Alfred Myers, Alisa & Maddy Sharp, Bobbi Myers, Marjorie Reeves, Gladys Starr, Barbara Smith, Frank Starr, Ted Sayler, Elisa, Carrie & Patti Struve, Corky Savoie, Pat Peach.
  Updated July 13, 2008
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