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Women's Clothing on the Trail ABOUT THIS LESSON
The lesson examines the clothing of western pioneer women in the late 1800s. Research was conducted through historical photos, journals, and other resources by staff at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.
The lesson covers units on women’s clothing, pioneer women, changing social norms, and American history.
United States History Curriculum
- Standard 1A: The student understands family life now and in the recent past; family life in various places long ago.
- Standard 2B: The student understands how communities in North America varied long ago.
- Historical Thinking Standard III: The student engages in historical analysis and interpretation
- Historical Thinking Standard IV: The student conducts historical research
Wyoming Social Studies Standards:
SS1.1.2, SS2.2.1, SS3.2.1, SS4.2.2, SS8.2.1, SS8.2.2, SS10.1.5, SS10.2.1
- Students will learn the pieces of clothing worn by women in the late 1800s.
- Students will compare and contrast the functionality, purpose and social context of women’s clothing during the late 1800s to clothing of the present.
- Students will recognize changing social norms of dress in American society.
The materials are available on-line or may be printed for use.
Day One Overview:
Introduce women’s clothing of the late 1800s with the clothing diagram. Use a class discussion to compare clothing of today with clothing of the past.