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What to Wear

To enhance the effectiveness of the role-play at the Heritage Schoolhouse, students and teachers are encouraged to create their own costuming. Clothing worn by people in 1850 was very different from what we wear today.
​The following suggestions may be used as guidelines for visitors to the Schoolhouse to design their own costumes.​

For Boys:

  •  Add a pair of suspenders to your jeans and wear a white collared shirt
  • A pair of overalls or jeans and ‘work’ shirt
  • A bow tie
  •  Wear boots or dark coloured shoes

  • Tuck your pants into a pair of work socks to make a pair of ‘knickers’/’knee pants’
  •  Jacket or vest

For Girls:

  • Dress with a fancy collar, or a white blouse with lace or frills
  • Bow or ribbon in your hair, long hair would be pulled back, braided or in a bun
  • Shawl over your dress                 ​
  • No jewelry​
  • ​No make-up or nail polish​​​​

Teachers – Female

  • Long full skirted dress with long sleeves and a high neck
  • Hair tied back and discreet make-up
  • White or black cap or hat to cover your hair

Teachers- Male

  • White cotton shirt
  • Bow tie
  • Dark suit coat, vest & trousers
  • Handkerchief, hat, gloves
  • Black shoes or boots​
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