Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 1, 2013

Woven through time

Historical society exhibit goes 'Behind the Seams'
The Andover Townsman

---- — The Andover Historical Society unveiled its most expansive exhibition in years with Sunday’s opening of “Behind the Seams — Stories of Clothing, 1790-1920.”

More than 15 months of planning and 2,000 volunteer hours went into crafting the exhibit that’s been staged throughout the society’s historic Amos Blanchard House at 97 Main St.

Curated by historical society board member Angela McBrien, the exhibit showcases at least 25 fully dressed mannequins arranged in vignettes and clad in clothing and fiber arts from the society’s extensive collection.

The society invites the public to come see what stories the clothing can tell as they explore hand-stitched samplers and mended gowns, Victorian embellishments and published sewing patterns, and corset-less dresses with shortened skirts.

“Behind the Seams” is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from Essex National Heritage Commission. The exhibit, which will remain on display through April 2014, is open free to the public for self-guided tours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 978-475-2236 or visit for more.