The Benton County Historical Society will present a program entitled, “Historic Fashions” on Saturday, May 20, from 10-11:30 a.m. Admission for this event is $5.00 plus $1.27 fee through this link or $5.00 by check or at the door. BCHS Members Free.

People may also send a check to: BCHS P.O. Box 22, Vinton, IA 52349

Did you know that that the things we do in the name of fashion can make you sick, break your bones, and even kill you? It’s true! It can even make drive you mad! This program takes a look at 18th- and 19th-century fashions and the deadly secrets hiding behind those fabulous looks. We’ll tackle some of those urban myths, too, including whether it was possible for Scarlet O’Hara to have an 18-inch waist!Kathy Wilson–Presenter

Kathy Wilson, B.A., M.A. A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun as well as interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences. Ms. Wilson received her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed her Masters at the University of York. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th-century British-American social history. Her dissertation investigates the role of kinship networks in the social transformations of Catholic families, 1760-1850.