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Threads of History: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe’s Wedding Dress
February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Elizabeth Kortright married James Monroe on February 16, 1786. The James Monroe Museum’s collection has several gowns worn by Elizabeth Monroe (1768-1830). One of the gowns is made of elaborately brocaded silk damask, while another is a pink silk taffeta. Both dresses had family histories identifying each as Mrs. Monroe’s wedding dress. Textile historians Newbold Richardson, and Colleen Callahan conserved both gowns for the Musuem, and delved into their histories to determine which gown was more likely to have been the wedding dress Elizabeth Kortright wore on the day she married a future president. Ms. Callahan will present the conclusions they reached regarding the history of the gowns, their conservation stabilization, and display in 18th-century configurations.
This event is part of our First Friday series, and is free and open to the public.