One never can tell where a member of the UIS community may make an appearance in Springfield. This weekend, Dr. Holly Kent, a professor of history at UIS, wore traditional mourning dress from the Civil War period and participated in the Civil War Fashion Show at the Springfield Art Association.
Dr. Kent's research interests include the history of fashion and beauty culture, particularly during the early republic and antebellum eras in the United States. Dr. Kent has collaborated on various projects with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and, prior to the show, provided the audience with information that placed the clothing styles, designs, and colors in context of the historical period. Here's a link to the story in The State Journal-Register.