Sun. Mar. 17 2pm High Style 18th c Women's Clothing Talk/Demo Plus 1-4 pm Am. Girl Doll Clothing Display/Sale at Durand-Hedden

Join Durand-Hedden on March 17 from 1pm to 4pm for this wonderful event for mothers, daughters, fashionistas, home sewers, history lovers, and all those who wonder how clothing provides a window into the past. At 2pm, clothing historian Pat Sanftner will reveal the high style changes that took place in the 1700s in Europe and then the American Colonies, and the fashion mavens who made them, using 100 illustrations to demonstrate four significant style changes during the time period.

Sanftner has a Master of Fine Arts from NYU School of the Arts, where she studied costume design for the theater. She worked as a costume designer for Broadway, film, and television and taught the next generation of costumers at Marymount Manhattan College. In addition, she created a number of exhibits at Acorn Hall and the Schuyler-Hamilton House, where she is currently the curator.  

Another captivating feature on March 17 will be a charming display of hand-sewn outfits for American Girl® dolls and other 18-inch dolls by sisters Judy Cronin and Claire Sisson, who call themselves LindsayLu. Inspired by a legacy of sewing in their family and their love of dolls, these local craftspeople enjoy designing and creating period clothing from natural fabrics for American Girl® dolls, which have engaged children in learning about American history for over thirty years. LindsayLu doll outfits will be available for sale at the event.

The popular exhibit Exploring Golf Island will be on display for visitors.

Country Shopping

Check out our Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. There is local honey and the Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park 1887-1965, and the acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood. 


About Durand-Hedden House and Garden

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. For more information or to arrange group tours call 973-763-7712. You can also visit our website at and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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