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UW-Eau Claire Workshop
Teaches Dating Of Photographs
MAILED: Oct. 2, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — To help celebrate “Archives Week in Wisconsin,” Oct. 21-27, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer a workshop titled “Using Clothing Styles to Date Photographs of Women, 1860s-1920s” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Room 2023A, McIntyre Library.
         Guest speaker Laurann Gilbertson, textile curator of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, will teach students, faculty, staff, local historians and genealogists several ways to estimate the dates of photographs based on the clothing styles of the women in the photographs. Gilbertson will illustrate, through slides, the prevailing women’s fashions for each decade from the 1860s to the 1920s.
         According to Gilbertson, too often the photographs in our collections are unidentified. No names or dates were recorded, forcing us to guess who is in the photograph and when it was taken. Because women’s clothing styles have changed regularly and distinctly over time, participants will learn how clothing can be useful in determining the date of photographs.
         Audience members are encouraged to bring 1-2 historical photographs of women to test their new knowledge and skills. A handout will be provided to assist participants when working with their own collections at home. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
         Admission is free and refreshments will be included.
         Gilbertson holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in textiles and clothing from Iowa State University. Her article on dating photographs was recently published in The Hoosier Genealogist, with a second article extending the fashion description to the 1850s, 1930s and 1940s slated for June 2002.
         Contact Heather Muir, archivist and special collections librarian, McIntyre Library at (715) 836-3873 for more information.

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Updated: Oct. 2, 2001