Musings & Miscellany

Dress Code/Dress Coded

Happy day, reader dear!

I know I should be dropping some sort of mind-boggling style post here for you today after my month “off,” but I feel compelled (Honest to goodness compelled!) to share this podcast from Sidedoor.

I’ve written about Sidedoor before in a Friday Five’s post. I still love it, and listen regularly. I’ve been amazed at the will and ingenuity of the podcasting community during Covid. Somehow they still make the magic happen, with or without studios, equipment, and technical geniuses that make it all work. Bless them. I’d have lost my mind back in March if not for the sanity and perspective my faves provide.

Sidedoor is a Smithsonian Institution production; host, Lizzie Peabody and her guests take us behind the scenes of exhibits, and share about fascinating items in the collection that may never make it to the museum floor. The Smithsonian is a powerhouse of a research institution and treasure trove for researchers all over the world. Thank you, Smithsonian!

Dress Coded is fascinating… It’s a half-hour listen and well worth your time! From rolling stockings to wearing bobby socks and policing of women’s (and girls’) bodies, this episode takes on dress codes, and how their application and enforcement affect different racial and socioeconomic groups.

Sorry about the way this embedded… You’ll have to click on Dress Coded to hear that episode

The Fugitive Brewer Sidedoor

A skill for brewing beer and $100 reward for her capture. Those were the clues in an old newspaper ad that got Smithsonian brewing historian Theresa McCulla hooked on the story of Patsy Young, an enslaved African American woman who fled to freedom in 1808 and made a life for herself brewing beer. In this episode of Sidedoor, we follow McCulla as she scours historical documents to retrace Young's life and find out who she was…and what happened after her escape. Guests: Theresa McCulla, Curator with the Smithsonian’s American Brewing History Initiative at the National Museum of American History Mary Elliott, Curator of American Slavery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Frank Clark, Master of Historic Foodways at Colonial Williamsburg
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How about you? How do you feel about dress codes? Do you have one at work? Did you at school? Let me know if you listened to the podcast and your thoughts… I love to hear from you!

Stylishly yours,

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