Past Event

The French in 18th Century Illinois: Life for a Woman in "New France"

A Road Scholar program by Lorraine Schwass

What was life like for a female habitant in the Illinois Country in the 1700s? Using reproduction 18th Century clothing, audiences will learn about the typical dress for a French woman on the frontier and what that dress might have allowed, or not allowed, her to do. Explore the differences between life in ‘Old France’ and life in the New World with historian and educator Lorraine Schwass.

For more information contact Shari Worrell, 847.277.0268.