Bringing historic outfits to life: textile conservation and costuming talk at Heritage Center

The Washington County Historical Society is excited to announce a talk and gallery chat about the delicate and beautiful world of textile conservation and costuming on Tuesday May 10 at 7pm at the Washington County Heritage Center. Presenting is Textilis Conservation founder and director Jennifer L. Cruise, Ph.D., M.A. Cons. The Washington County Heritage Center is located at 1862 South Greeley Street, Stillwater, MN 55082.

The “1860s-1960s: Fashion & The Frontier” exhibit at the Heritage Center features Jennifer’s work! She will address topics such as what a textile conservator does, how to mount a costume, mannequin types, accessories and all the little touches that help bring a costume to life in an exhibit. Jennifer uses both her science background and her knowledge and appreciation of historic textiles and all fiber arts in her evaluation of items and in her treatment plans. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University, a Ph.D. from Duke University, and an MA in the Conservation of Historic Objects from the University of Lincoln, in the United Kingdom. She has completed placements/ internships at a number of sites, including the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio, in the UK, and Museum Textile Services, in the US. Textilis Conservation follows the codes of practice of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), and of the U.K. Institute of Conservation (ICON). The Washington County Heritage Center will be open at 6pm for event attendees to experience the museum at a discounted rate prior to the event at 7pm. The program will also be available virtually on Zoom. Please visit to register.

The program is free to the public. No reservations are required. For questions, contact Washington County Heritage Center Site Manager Emily Krawczewski at emily. [email protected] org or 651-439-2298. The Washington County Heritage Center is open for visitors Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm.

About the Washington County Historical Society

Founded in 1934, the Washington County Historical Society is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization with more than 750 individual, family, and business members. WCHS is supported by individual gifts, memberships and earned income, and foundation grants.

May 4, 2022