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[Gallery Presentation] A Sharp Dressed Pioneer

Included in Museum Admission

February 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Living off the land in the Texas frontier of the 1800s meant taking advantage of available natural resources for food, clothing, and shelter.   Any self-respecting and self-reliant pioneer man learned the art of sewing to create breeches, footwear, shirts, and coats.  Historian Dennis Jones will explain the process of turning animal hides into leather and how frontiersmen created distinctive buckskin clothing that ranged from simply rustic to beautifully ornate.  Highly prized for beauty today, leather clothing was once considered essential for its durability and warmth. Using a pattern and techniques originating from Native Americans, Dennis will demonstrate how a pair of moccasins can be easily and quickly sewn from tanned cowhide.