The Maine State Museum Pops Up with Snow Pond Performance Arts students in a historic celebration of the Iconic Little Black Dress set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Lakeside Lodge on the Snow Pond campus at 8 Goldenrod in Sidney.

In a first of its kind pop up exhibit by the Maine State Museum, “From Mourning to Evening,” will exhibit Maine State Museum memorial and iconic artifacts, rarely seen by the public. Decorative Arts Curator Laurie LaBar will be on site to guide the visitor experience. The students of Snow Pond Performance Arts Academy will perform an interpretive dance, fashion plate art that showcases the history of the little black dress, and will create music to set the stage.

Libby Bischof, professor of history and director of the Center for Collaboration and Development at the University of Southern Maine, will give an illustrated presentation exploring the sartorial practices of mourning in New England in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Professor Bischof will highlight traditional mourning customs including hair jewelry, hair wreaths, mourning dresses, and post-mortem photography, with particular emphasis on the culture of mourning during the Victorian era.

There will be a silent auction and a cash bar.

Attendees are encouraged to come as comfortable, dress in Victorian mourning attire or get out that iconic little black dress.

Tickets cost $45 for Museum members or $50 for non-members. Proceeds will ensure new programs and collections care initiatives at the Maine State Museum.

For tickets, visit, call the Friends of the Maine State Museum at 287-2304, or email [email protected].

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