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Perfect Ladies at Durand-Hedden House
In the 19th century many believed the role of women was to please men, be decorative in social situations and act in a refined manner. While women were responsible for domestic duties such as sewing and laundry, they were also expected to uphold and epitomize the familial social status. In a 2:00 p.m. slide talk, Kristina Haugland, Assistant Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will examine the social context behind the evolution of Victorian fashions such as corsets, hoop skirts and bustles as well as attempts to reform women’s dress and redefine their social position. Examples of Durand-Hedden’s Victorian clothing collection will also be on view.
More About Durand-Hedden House
The Durrand-Hedden House is a historical house owned and maintained by the township. The house and its grounds, called Grasmere Park, occasionally play host to events and lectures. The herb garden, maintained by Maplewood Garden Club, reportedly boasts one of the largest herb collections in the northeast.
The house itself was built in 1790 on a 72-acre property bought by Ebenezer Hedden before the Revolutionary War. In the 18th century, the house was built by his son, Obadiah Hedden. The house was purchased by Henry Durand, the brother of Hudson River School painter and fellow Maplewood resident Asher Durand.
Eventually, the house fell into disrepair, and was bought by the township of Maplewood in 1977, and named the Durand-Hedden House. It is open to the public.