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“Rags to Riches” Exhibit Opens July 4

PEACHAM – The Peacham Historical Association (PHA) exhibit, “Rags and Riches: Poverty and Wealth in 19th Century Peacham,” will open on July 4 from noon to 4 p.m., at the PHA Historical House (Church Street, Peacham). The exhibit draws on PHA’s collection of local textiles, clothing, and housewares to explore the gap between Peacham’s rich and poor. This gap widened dramatically from the beginning to the middle of the 19th century, leaving some Peachamites with nothing but rustic homespun and others with elegant formal wear and even ball gowns. Susan Chandler, assisted by Steve Galinat, Sarah Lydon, and Frank Miller, curated the exhibit.

Following July 4, the exhibit will be open on Sundays (through Labor Day) from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. Special programs related to the exhibit will take place on some Sundays: July 16, “19th Century Games” (Steve Galinat), July 30, “Woolen Arts” (Marilyn Magnus and Kathy Galinat) and August 20 “Tea and Textiles” (Susan Chandler).

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