When the march for women’s rights came center stage, the bustle disappeared and fabric hung loose.
“As they were fighting to take on the rights of men, (their clothes) had this more masculine aspect,” FitzGerald said. World War II saw military styles and dresses made in an era of shortage, dresses that might just as likely be constructed with material from discarded drapes.
Some of the traditional aspects of the woman’s world survived all this — but the cookbook on display is the “I Hate to Cook Book.”
“For women who don’t want to cook,” FitzGerald said.
“A lot of women nowadays,” Leavell said, “are trying to be everything and do everything.” Thus, also on display is the evidence — aprons. “They’re coming back.”
The museum, which includes the Cassidy Art Museum and, currently, its annual Holiday Art and Craft Show, is free and open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the first and third Sunday of the month from noon to 3 p.m.