Arthur Calvin Mellette and Margaret Wylie Mellette were the first First Family of South Dakota. But before becoming governor and first lady, they met in Bloomington, IN when Arthur boarded at the Wylie House. Ashley Hasty, lecturer in the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, will discuss the apparel pictured in a photograph of Margaret Wylie and Arthur Calvin Mellette. This time period is marked by the caged crinoline which created the ever-expanding large skirts but provided relief from wearing numerous petticoats. Arthur and Margaret provide perfect subjects for exploring mid-19th century fashion.
This event is part of the Wylie House Speaker Series. Offered each semester, these talks feature local experts discussing 19th-century topics related to IU history, the state of Indiana, and domestic life. All of these talks are free and will be held at the Wylie House's Morton C. Bradley Jr. Education Center, located at 317 E. 2nd St. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-855-6224.