Fashioning History: Clothing & Society – NEW SESSION SPRING 2017

A Lecture Series by Joseph Hisey


Join us for an insightful, informative series that looks at the effect of textiles and clothing on the development of western society.

Beginning in the late medieval period, lecturer Joseph Hisey will lead us through a 500-year survey of the socio-economic and political aspects of cloth and its expression through personal identity and dress. His presentations are enlightening, revealing and witty.

Sunday Afternoons 1:30—3:30
March 5 to April 30 (no session on April 16, Easter weekend)

$10 per session
$70 for the full series of 8 sessions
(HST not included)
Includes admission to the Museum and all exhibits

To register, contact Kayla Droog, Manager of Education & Public Programs by  or call 519-393-5315.

Seating is limited to 45.

Weekly Lectures:

Week 1:  It’s a Small World: Commerce & Dress in the Middle Ages
March 5

Week 2: Stuff & Nonsense: Conspicuous Consumption during the Renaissance
March 12

Week 3: Fashion Rules: Authority and Dress
March 19

Week 4: Through the Looking Glass: The Importance of Being Female
March 26

Week 5:  Fashion Victims: A Revolution in Fashion Politics & Fashion at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
April 2

Week 6: Victorian Industrialism, the Nouveau Riche & the Birth of Couture
April 9 

Week 7:  Simply Shocking: The Roaring Twenties & Those Bright Young Things
April 23

Week 8: Aftermath: Youth & the Next Generation
April 30

For more information about the session topics, check out the Fashioning History-Course Outline.

About Joseph Hisey:

Joseph pic2Joseph Hisey has lectured on fashion and design at Sheridan Institute of Design and Technology, and at Fanshawe College. He is a member of the advisory board of the Fashion History Museum, Past Chair of the Costume Society of Ontario and a regular contributor to their publication, “Costume Journal”. He organizes tours on fashion and textiles, including “behind the scenes” tours to some of England’s great museums, and is a serious collector of vintage and antique clothing.



Innkeepers’ Dinner -SOLD OUT!

15th Annual Innkeepers’ Dinner
April 22, 2017,  6:00pm
Knox Church

The 15th annual Innkeepers’ Dinner, in support of the Stratford Perth Museum, features a great meal in keeping with a Perth County Inn from the 19th century. The always incredible menu is highlighted by Perth County pork prepared on-site.
There is local entertainment by Jim and Sue Ryan, a great silent auction and a live auction led by local auctioneer Dave Jacob, and as always, much fun and frivolity.
The venue is the banquet hall @ Knox Church in downtown Stratford.
Doors open at 6 p.m, dinner is served at 7 p.m.

Get your tickets soon as this event always sells out. Tickets are still $120 and that includes dinner and a tax receipt for $100.

To get your tickets on line follow this link.

You can also purchase tickets at the Stratford Perth Museum or call us at 519-393-5311



Printing ABCs

An Introduction to Traditional Letterpress Printing

  • Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at the Stratford Perth Museum
    12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    Registration is due by Friday, May 12th
    Session cost is $60 + HST, due by May 12th 
    Class size limited to 4

-Recommended for adults and students ages 14 and up
-No previous letterpress experience required
-All workshop materials and tools included

Join us at The Stratford Perth Museum for a hands-on workshop featuring the traditional craft of letterpress printing. See, feel, and experience the art of design and re-discover the beauty of hands-on creativity. With guidance from our instructor, you’ll have the opportunity to print with an antique printing press. So, roll up your sleeves and print your own letterpress keepsake!

This workshop will be led by Mike Pomeroy, our Print Shop Coordinator. You will learn the basics of letterpress printing, including a brief introduction to the history of printing, knowledge and techniques of printing processes, how to hand-set type, inking the form, and printing using an authentic period printing press. This workshop is intended for those interested in furthering their Letterpress Printing experience.

Aprons and gloves will be supplied as needed, but please wear old clothes, as ink may not wash out. Close-toed shoes are required.

For more information, please contact Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs at 519-393-5315 or by