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Erin Connor

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Company/Organization: Living History Farms
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Destination: Urbandale, Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

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I was responsible for...
My internship at Living History Farms was two-fold. For part of the time, I worked in the "behind-the-scenes" Period Clothing building where I would help with alterations for clothing worn by the site volunteers. I would also assist with other tasks and help do the laundry as well. For the other part of my internship, I was working in the Millinery Shop in the 1875 Walnut Hill Town site as a volunteer. While in the Millinery Shop, I would interact with guests and museum tours, teaching them about millinery work and fashion history. During this time I would wear full 1870s period clothing to accurately portray how rural Iowans lived and dressed during this time period. In addition, I had the privilege of learning both the process of millinery and the construction of historic hats.

I accomplished...
During my time at Living History Farms, I designed and constructed my own 1870s hat from scratch. It was all hand sewing work and took me several weeks to finish.

I learned...
From this internship, I learned so many great hand sewing techniques, as this was historically accurate for the time. It was really great experience!

Advice for others...
Drink lots of water. Having to wear 1870s period clothing during hot Iowa summer days in non-air conditioned historical buildings got a little rough at times!

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