Monday, March 14, 2011

What We Learn

"It is not so important to know everything as to appreciate what we learn."
Hannah Moore
(1745-1833)

6 comments :

  1. Amazing costumes. I'm researching Elizabethan clothing at the moment and finding it fascinating how much politics goes into clothing!

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  2. Great quote!

    Have a great week. :)

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  3. Hi Carla, and everyone~
    I had to post a correction of my own faux pas! Even as a public speaker and presenter of historical programs, I learn something 'new' all the time!

    My face is red, as I have been guilty of calling my 18thc. neck kerchiefs "fichu's" on occasion. I have learned second hand, from the Colonial Willimsburg Accessories Symposium, that that is an 19THC. TERM. We strive to be as accurate as possible, and perhaps some of the writer-readers want to do also...

    In the 18thc. they are 'neck scarves', 'neckerchiefs', 'neck kerchiefs', 'and just 'kerchiefs'! In the 18thc. also, the lace kerchiefs, sleeve ruffles, caps, etc. were, most desirably WHITE, not cream, etc. True white was a mark of status, and hard to achieve back then. Their adornments were as white as they could possibly get them. I know that even if a gown had cream or ivory in it, I have ALWAYS worn WHITE stockings and kerchiefs, caps, etc.

    To learn more, please read recent posts on my blog, or better yet, read my blog all the time! Thanks,
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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  4. Mary, it is our privilege to learn along with you. Thank you so much for sharing what you have learned. It is another reminder for us to check the origins of our words, which historical writers frequently must do. We need to learn the vocabulary of the time we are researching, not what it was called in a later period looking back.
    And what an interesting tid bit about the white!
    I appreciate your bringing that to our attention. You can be sure many of us are and will continue to read your wonderful blog!

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  5. Charmaine, ooh, I'd like to hear more. Thanks for coming by. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing Mary's costumes!

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  6. Hi Sonia, You have a great week, too! It's always a pleasure to see you!

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