Mary Sachs: A tailored legacy of fashion and philanthropy

Mary Sachs: A tailored legacy of fashion and philanthropy

On any given day, hundreds of people walk past 208 N. Third St. in Harrisburg. With its large red canopy extending from the door, this three-story, gray stone building with the name “Mary Sachs” carved into the façade was once home to one of the city’s premiere shopping experiences. This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, selected by CAP …

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In her shoes: How hiding her ankles led to more colorful expression

In her shoes: How hiding her ankles led to more colorful expression

During the mid-19th century, ladies’ style of dress began to change. Hoop skirts replaced the layered petticoats of previous years, allowing a woman to still fill out her full skirt but be much cooler and less weighted down with material. However, the new skirts posed a problem for the modest Victorian woman: should there be …

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Little George’s dress: Highly fashionable and gender neutral

Little George’s dress: Highly fashionable and gender neutral

  This adorable pink and white cotton-print dress would have been perfect for a little girl, with one exception…it was worn by a boy. The little boy was George Munroe Gleim of Lancaster, who was born in 1859. Little George was highly fashionable during his time. Gender-specific colors and styles did not yet exist culturally. …

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Inaugural ball gowns: Pennsylvania’s wearable works of art

Inaugural ball gowns: Pennsylvania’s wearable works of art

Inaugural ball gowns worn by Pennsylvania’s former first ladies are treasured as historic works of art worthy of collection and preservation, as is the case of Mary McAllister. The wife of former Gov. James Beaver, McAllister wore this beige and yellow silk faille gown to the 1887 inaugural ball. CAP Curator Katelyn Adam nominated this …

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