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An Evening with Lady Carolyn

Clothes through the ages for Women's History Month

Museum on Main celebrates Women's History Month with "An Evening with Lady Carolyn" on Tuesday.

Carolyn Runnells entertains as Lady Carolyn, wearing and displaying clothing that brings history to life by sharing stories about people who wore the clothing and the occasions when it was worn.

A retired history teacher, Runnells owns more than 100 different outfits ranging over 400 years, from the Renaissance Era in the early 1560s to vintage clothing from the 1960s.

Her presentation begins with the 1870s Victorian period clothing, one of 17 layers that weigh more than 27 pounds. Piece by piece she will remove the clothing, discussing the design and history of each piece.

"Women love it and men are amused -- and thankful by the time I finish," Runnells joked.

A recent certification by the National Association of Interpretation allows Runnells to combine her love of history and her collection of award-winning costumes into informative and educational presentations.

The evening is part of the museum's monthly Ed Kinney Lecture Series. It begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 museum members and seniors; and $3 students and teachers. The Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. Call 462-2766. Learn more at


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