March 5, 2018

Preservation Thursday: Mentioning the Unmentionables – A History of Women’s Underwear

DEADWOOD – In honor of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau Scholar, Phyllis Schrag will present a lecture at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood. The event is wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Women’s clothing fashion trends are defined by the undergarments they wore. Mentioning the Unmentionables explores how fashion trends have shaped – literally and figuratively – gender roles from 1810 through the late 20th century. Sometimes a body part has been accentuated. For example, the bustle style of the 1870s and 1880s emphasized the derriere. At other times, women have tried to minimize a body part. In the 1920s, the bandeaux bra was designed to flatten the bust line. The corset has returned again and again to cinch in the waist. The materials might be unique to the era, but are modern-day Spanx much different from a Victorian corset?

Phyllis A. Schrag is an accomplished actor and living history performer formerly from Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, now residing in Ames, Iowa. She holds a M.S.S. degree from the University of South Dakota in speech, drama, and gifted education. Schrag has taught public and private school, as well as at the University of Sioux Falls. She was the first recipient of the South Dakota Education Association Teacher of Excellence Award in 2001.

Preservation Thursday is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Saloon No. 10, Fresh Paint, Historic Homestake Opera House, Jerry Greer's Engineering, tdg Marketing & Public Relations, and the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Adams Museum, Days of ‘76 Museum, Historic Adams House, and
Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC)

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