Living History: Mary Kies, First to Patent

Living History Days at N-YHS
Living History: Mary Kies, First to Patent
Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 12–4 pm

Free with Museum Admission
All ages

Join Raissa Bretaña, fashion historian and DiMenna Children’s History Museum Living Historian, for a celebration of the first woman to receive a patent! May is the 210th  anniversary of inventor Mary Kies receiving a patent for a process of weaving straw and silk used to create hats.. Discover more about Mary, other early American women inventors, and 19th-century headwear, and then try a hands-on activity important to hat making!

Creative: Tronvig Group