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Carolina Ladies Aide Society visit Archives

Posted: December 19, 2013 9:52 a.m.
Updated: December 20, 2013 5:00 a.m.

“Camden in the Civil War:  The Home Front” exhibit runs through Saturday, January 11, 2014.   To cap off the run of this exhibit, the Carolina Ladies Aide Society from Summerville, S.C. will present a program that day from 10:00 until 4:00.  This group specializes in living history, portraying women’s roles during two eras of American’s history – the Civil War period and the colonial period.  Here, they will demonstrate life on the home front of South Carolina during the war.  They research and document all of the clothing, mannerisms, customs, and items used in their presentations.  Costumed in period dress, the ladies present various programs such as “Historic Crafts: Survival Skills for Women in the Mid-19th Century,” “Doing Our Part for the Cause: A Depiction of a Ladies Aide Society During the War Between the States,” and “Making Do and Doing Without – Rural Life During the Mid-19th Century.” 

This avocation is a real passion for these ladies, who all work at weekday jobs.  On the weekends they teach us about our history in a very entertaining and informative manner.  The Carolina Ladies Aide Society has presented programs at the Charleston Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art, Middleton Place, Boone Hall Plantation, Fort Sumter/Fort Moultrie National Monument, the Gettysburg National Battlefield, the Prye Farm Site at Antietam, and at the Costume Society of America’s National Symposium, among many other sites.

The ladies will also do a children’s activity on the 11th.  They plan to make “knot dolls” with young visitors to the Archives and Museum.  A knot doll, made from a simple handkerchief or square of cloth, is an old form of toy making.  The center of the flat cloth is made into a head by inserting a ball of wool or cotton in the center and tying it off at the “neck.  Next, arms and legs are formed by tying knots for hands and feet.  During the Civil War, when all supplies were scarce, this was an inexpensive toy for a little child.  Akin to handkerchief dolls, they were perfect for babies and young children, who often seek a soft piece of cloth to soothe them when falling asleep.

Come join us as we explore the Civil War era with the Carolina Ladies Aide Society on January 11, 2014.  The program will be offered throughout the day from 10:00 until 4:00 and is free and open to the public.

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