Costume in the American West: Historic to Modern Times

Costume Society of America, Western Region 2009 Regional Symposium

Costume in the American West: Historic to Modern Times
September 25 – 26, 2009
California State Railroad Museum
Sacramento, California

The CSA Western Region announces a two-day regional symposium to be held in Old Town Sacramento, California.

In addition to our day-long program of juried papers and research-in-progress reports, members and guests at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento will see a world-class tribute to the role of the “iron horse” in connecting California to the rest of the nation. The museum features 21 lavishly restored locomotives and cars, some dating back to 1862. There is a full-scale diorama of an 1860’s construction site high in the Sierra Nevada as well as a bridge elevated 24 feet above the museum floor. Scenic train rides are available just a few steps away from the museum. Visit the museum web site for more information:

The Friday night reception and Saturday lunch offer opportunities for socializing with colleagues. You can also wander the raised boardwalk sidewalks in Old Town Sacramento for shopping and evening dining. The Western Region’s annual meeting will be included. The conference hotel is the Delta King Hotel, an authentic 285-foot paddle wheel boat. The Delta King Hotel is also the site for the Friday reception. Visit the web site for more information:

Keynote Address: Inez Brooks-Myers, Oakland Museum of California History, “What is Western Costume? ”


  • “Advertising the West”, Sheryl Birkner, Independent Researcher
  • “The 1940s-1950s Squaw Dress: From Ethnic to Regional to National Attire”, Nancy J. Parezo, University of Arizona and Angelina R. Jones, University of Minnesota
  • “Louella Ballerino: Many ‘Points of Concentration'”, Shelly Foote, Independent Researcher
  • “The Unknown Adrian”, Richard Adkins, Hollywood Studio Museum
  • Student Award Presentation: “Then Becomes Now: How Costumed Interpretation Engages the Public with History”, Alyce Graham, Virginia Commonwealth University

Download the Registration Form

Registration Fees: Postmarked by Aug. 18, 2009

Costume Society Member $100
Non-Member $120
Student Member $80
Student Non-Member $90

Registration Fees: Postmarked after Aug. 18 but before Sept. 12, 2009

Costume Society Member $120
Non-Member $140
Student Member $100
Student Non-Member $110

Photo Caption: American Indian woman standing next to basket. California State Library, Picture Catalog

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