Explore African American Dress at Sully Historic Site
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Dr. Ann Wass will present "HAD ON AND TOOK WITH HER": AFRICAN AMERICAN DRESS, 1790-1840, an illustrated lecture.
Using autobiographies and published travelers' accounts, as well as newspaper advertisements seeking the return of slaves who ran away, the lecture highlights the variety of clothing worn by African-American men and women 200 years ago.
Ann Buermann Wass has a Ph.D. in costume and textile history from the University of Maryland. She has written a book on Federal period clothing in the United States, Clothing Through American History: The Federal Era Through Antebellum, 1786-1860, as well as articles and juried presentations on a variety of subjects. She is the history/museum specialist at the Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, Maryland, where she has mounted several costume exhibits and directed costume-themed programs. She designs and makes Federal era clothing for herself and her husband as they do living history interpretation. She is a member of the Costume Society of America and the Jane Austen Society of North America.
This program takes place at Sully Historic Site. Sully is the 1794 home of northern Virginia's first congressman, Richard Bland Lee. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. This program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. A suggested donation of $5 will be gratefully accepted. Space is limited so please reserve your space by March 15th. To reserve your seat now or for more information and directions call 703-437-1794.
Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA., off Rt. 28 (Sully Road) Â¼ mile north of Rt. 50 and 5 miles south of the Dulles Toll Road.