Tea at the McCord lecture

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Marion Robertson, Greeting card, 1940-1950, Gift of the Estate of James Robert Beattie, M2011.34.1.1 © McCord Museum

A Century of Red River Coats

Tea at the McCord

Navy wool coats with red piping and hoods, worn with red sashes, toques, and mittens, were once practically the winter uniform of Montreal children. Known as Red River coats or Capuchin coats, those who wore them can vividly recall the mix-ups in the school cloakroom and the smell of wet wool.

Through this lecture, Cynthia Cooper, Curator, Costume and Textiles, will tell their story from their fur trade origins to their decline in popularity over a century later.

Speaker: Cynthia Cooper

Head, Collections and Research and Curator, Costume and Textiles at the McCord Museum, Cynthia Cooper has written a chapter on Red River coats for the book Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America, to be published by McGill-Queens University Press in 2019.

The lectures from the series Tea at the McCord focus on the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Tea and cookies will be served.

Free activity.
This presentation in English will be followed by a bilingual questions period.

Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum

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