Current Exhibit Washed and Hung: Laundry and Textiles in America 

 

 

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One of the most hated jobs in the Victorian household was the laundry. Women who could
afford to have someone else take on the task did. Laundry work took an enormous amount of
energy and physical labor.

In the 1830s, women typically heated their water on an open cooking hearth or the stove. The use of cooking facilities for laundry water meant that kitchen spaces were often unusable for food production on wash day. For middle and working class women, the washday was typically a
once a week task.

This exhibit explores how the arduous task of laundry was done prior to the 21st century. The exhibit features the coverlets of the McCarl Collection, a common household
textile of the 19th century as well as laundry artifacts from the Kerr Memorial Museum in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

Through June 15, 2018

Hours:

  • Saturdays and Sundays: By appointment depending on staff availability
  • Closed Monday
  • Tuesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday Evening 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Summer Hours: (Memorial Day to Labor Day): Tuesday to Sunday Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday 6:30 to 8 p.m.