What Women Have Worn Tells Stories

From the Beeman Collection. Photo provided.From the Beeman Collection. Photo provided.

By Sheryl Swingley—

MUNCIE, Ind.—“Essay and Ensembles: What Muncie Women Wore Making History” will be the presentation at the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center, 400 W. Minnetrista Blvd., from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, June 23.

The program is FREE but requires a reservation. To make a reservation, call the E.B. Ball Center at 765-285-8975 and leave a message.

The presenter for the program is Melissa Gentry, supervisor for the Geographic Information Science Research and Map Collection at Ball State University’s Bracken Library. Professor Diana Saiki, curator of Ball State’s Beeman Historic Costume Collection, will bring examples of clothing from the collection to complement Gentry’s presentation.

Attendees will learn about what Muncie women wore as suffragists and flappers, as well as during the gas boom, the influenza pandemic, the depression, wars and social unrest. Individual stories of local women of style and substance also will be shared.

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