Ann Brownfield Examines the Rise and Fall Of Kansas City's Once-Thriving Garment Industry

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For Immediate Release:
September 4, 2013
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Ann Brownfield Examines the Rise and Fall Of Kansas City's Once-Thriving Garment Industry

Though far from the fashion center of New York, Kansas City once boasted a large, vibrant garment manufacturing business.

Ann Brownfield recounts the rise of the local garment industry, its contribution to Kansas City's commercial development and ethnic enrichment, and its ultimate decline in a discussion of her book We Were Hanging by a Threadon Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

During its heyday in the early- to mid-20th century, more than 4,000 Kansas Citians were engaged in manufacturing clothing. Garment making was the city's second-largest industrial employer, and one in seven American women owned a garment designed and assembled in Kansas City.

A former clothing designer, Brownfield has spent years preserving fashion history. She is the curator for the Kansas City Garment District Museum, located in the heart of the historic garment district.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. 

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