Coleman shows colonial clothing

US History teacher Jennifer Coleman teaches her class about her summer job: a park ranger who discusses the American Revolution to people who attend her park’s demonstrations.  Coleman shows her classes the full colonial dress that she wears as a park ranger.

Coleman holds the piece of clothing that she wears underneath her outfit.  Colonial women generally wore homespun linen because they did not have access to cotton from India.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman holds the piece of clothing that she wears underneath her outfit. Colonial women generally wore homespun linen because they did not have access to cotton from India. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sasha Ball helps Coleman tie up her stay.  A stay is like a corset, but it encourages good posture more than it tightens the waist.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sasha Ball helps Coleman tie up her stay. A stay is like a corset, but it encourages good posture more than it tightens the waist. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman ties the pockets of her outfit onto the sides of the mannequin.  Since colonial dresses did not have pockets, these were how colonial women carried their possessions.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman ties the pockets of her outfit onto the sides of the mannequin. Since colonial dresses did not have pockets, these were how colonial women carried their possessions. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman puts on the long skirt of the outfit.  During her American Revolution presentation at the park, Coleman talks about the minutemen, then performs a musket shooting demonstration.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman puts on the long skirt of the outfit. During her American Revolution presentation at the park, Coleman talks about the minutemen, then performs a musket shooting demonstration. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman pins on the front of the dress.  Since it was difficult for colonial women to get pins, they would have their husbands get them when they went to trade.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman pins on the front of the dress. Since it was difficult for colonial women to get pins, they would have their husbands get them when they went to trade. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman shows the class her shoes that she wears with her colonial outfit.  Because the colonists walked on uneven and rough roads, their shoes had no treads; treads are necessary for smooth floors, which were generally not implemented.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman shows the class her shoes that she wears with her colonial outfit. Because the colonists walked on uneven and rough roads, their shoes had no treads; treads are necessary for smooth floors, which were generally not implemented. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman informs the class about alternative methods for wearing clothing.  For example, there was no elastic in socks in the colonies, so they had to hold their socks up with garters.   Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman informs the class about alternative methods for wearing clothing. For example, there was no elastic in socks in the colonies, so they had to hold their socks up with garters. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Coleman finishes dressing the mannequin and puts it off to the side.  It takes Coleman a minimum of twelve minutes to put on her entire outfit.   Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman finishes dressing the mannequin and puts it off to the side. It takes Coleman a minimum of twelve minutes to put on her entire outfit. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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