Notes on collections at the RIHS
These delightful little slippers were worn by Frances Mary Eldredge of Brooklyn, Connecticut at her marriage to Dr. Daniel Lyman of Woodstock, CT on June 26, 1811. In early Federal America, flat-heeled slippers replaced the high-heeled shoes of the late 18th century, keeping pace with the shift to high-waisted, slender gowns inspired by Greco-Roman statues.
Then as now, footwear could be whimsical, with bright colors and polka dots.
Even structured, sensible boots at the turn of the twentieth century could shine with applied beading.
Put your best foot forward to the John Brown House Museum, where shoes from the RIHS Collection will be on display starting March 12 in our first floor gallery. Visit our Facebook page to share your #ShoeStories with us, or stop by the gallery, where we’ll provide paper and pencils for you to post to our bricks-and-mortar wall.