Ladies of Confederation Tea

ladies-of-confedAs Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive has curated a travelling exhibit entitled the Ladies of Confederation Tea. In 2014, the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown conference, my husband’s family took their places on the steps of Government House, posing in top hats to mimic that famous Fathers of Confederation image. Each was a direct descendant of David and Kessiah Shephard, former American slaves, brought to the island as personal servants of Governor John Fanning. The image got me thinking about how we celebrate our “Fathers of Confederation” and forget about the women behind these powerful men. That is why, this year, the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive will celebrate the Ladies of Confederation and those who came after, with a presentation of authentic fashion artefacts representing What Women Wore, 1867 to 1967.

To book a presentation or for info, contact: 905.220.2762,

Published by Norma Shephard

I'm the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum & author of five books on vintage fashion.

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