State museum curator to discuss 19th century cloth and clothing production in Illinois

LA SALLE - LaSalle Public Library will virtually host Erika Holst, Curator of History at the Illinois State Museum, as she explores cloth and clothing production in the 19th century and textiles’ impact on pre-Civil War life in Illinois. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 6 at 6 p.m.

Holst will discuss the cotton economy impact on the home production of textiles and how it involved the entire United States. She will also explore how the ready-made clothing industry grew out of the American textile industry, and why making and caring for 19th century clothing was labor intensive.

The program is free and open to the public and is funded by the Illinois Humanities. Register online at

Individuals who prefer to connect to this program using an iPad or smartphone, need more information or have questions, please call the Library at (815) 223-2341.



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