Now & Then
Feathers : Now & Then
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Feather Wars: Surviving Fashion 1870-1920
Marie Antoinette started the trend of using plumes to adorn her royal head – before she lost it.
But once American ladies went wild for feathered hats in the 1870s, Florida’s birds became as coveted as California’s gold. By 1900, an ounce of snowy-egret feathers was worth more than an ounce of gold. – S.Lopez
- What: Exhibit on how Florida’s birds were killed to create women’s hats.
- Highlights: Historic photographs and artifacts such as taxidermy birds, plume-hunting shotguns, snowy-egret skins, period clothing, a re-created 1914 hat shop and more.
- Where: The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, operated by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, inside the historic 1916 Courthouse, 300 N. Dixie Highway, in downtown West Palm Beach.
- When: Now through June 30. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information: Call (561) 832-4164 or go towww.historicalsocietypbc.org.
Support for ‘Feather Wars’ and the reading program featuring ‘The Last Egret’: Provided by Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, FPL, the Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation and the Scaife Family Foundation.