Changing Views: The Hidden Histories of New England’s Georgian Shoes

This program is part of The Hopkinton Historical Society’s 2019 summer exhibit and series of programming, Changing Views: Relations Between Hopkinton's Early Settlers and Native Americans. The exhibit and programs will look at the history of Native American and Euro-colonial cultural clashes in Hopkinton, how the perception of Native Americans has changed, and examine both the differences between the two cultures and the connections to be made between their shared past.

The stories captured by shoes can be our only connection to people who have been forgotten by historical records. Dr. Kimberly Alexander from the University of New Hampshire will be discussing her recently published book, Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era, which delves into historic fashion and material culture by examining what shoes can reveal about both the producer and the wearer. Shoes divulge important aspects of burgeoning 18th century American identity -- self-fashioning, consumption, politics, and agency. 

Free and open to the public. 

Other events in this series:
7/7/2019 - Herb Walk
7/25/2019 - The Abenaki: The First Travelers
8/18/2019 - Twist, Tie, Knot: Indigenous Textiles of the Northeast