Handkerchief Heroes

a slide show and discussion with Ann Mahony
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Handkerchiefs have served us in life’s tender moments – catching a bride’s tears of joy, worn over a soldier’s heart as he marches into battle, fashioned into a newborn’s christening bonnet, as well as life’s large celebrations – waving bon voyage from an ocean liner, cheering “hooray” at the Super Bowl or royal coronation. Handkerchiefs were the Pinterest of their day, recording our progression from railroad to air travel, from the birth of television to women’s right to vote, from Shakespearean sonnets to children’s nursery rhymes. Come discover the stories hidden in their folds; let your eye delight, your mind engage and your heart connect with these survivors of history.

Join Ann Mahony, a historian of vintage artifacts and handkerchief collector, as she shares pieces from her private collection.

Visit the Art, Music & Recreation Center on the 4th Floor to visit The Amazing Handkerchief Chronicler of Romance, Heroism, History, Fashion and Art through the Ages display and for your chance to win a vintage wedding handkerchief.

This is a Design & Fashion program from SFPL. Come Style with us!

Upcoming Classes

Mission Photography Group
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:30 pm
Mission, Mission General Floor Area

Current Exhibits

The Unique Costumes of the 56 Ethnic Groups of China
Through Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Main Library, International Center
Degenderettes Antifa Art
Through Thursday, July 19, 2018
Main Library, LGBTQIA Center Exhibit Space
Christopher Felver
Through Sunday, June 24, 2018
Main Library, Jewett Gallery
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