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Museum to hold costuming course for seniors
Clothes on display for Head to Toe exhibit at the Niagara Historical Society and Museum. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Niagara seniors looking for a little something different this June are in luck.

The Niagara Historical Society and Museum is planning a five-day “mini-course” for seniors, covering costuming and clothing through the ages — and into the future.

Each day will feature a short lecture and a workshop hosted by Pam Mundy, an award-winning costume designer and a longtime volunteer at the  museum.

The program is made possible by a $16,514 grant from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors program.

The course is only open to people aged 60 and older, and the cost is $2 per day to cover materials. Light snacks and drinks will also be available.

Sessions will take place at Navy Hall from June 10 to 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The course outline includes:

Day 1: “An over-all look at clothing from the ancient Greeks to the modern day.” Workshop: “What can you do with a straight piece of fabric?”

Day 2: “What goes Around Comes Around – A look at the cycle of changing clothing over the last 500 years.” Workshop: “What will be worn in 2050?”

Day 3: “The Look of Work - Costume of modern everyday life. What is its purpose?” Workshop: “Creating a museum guide uniform.”

Day 4: “Costuming a Character – Why and how actors in movies, theatre and television are ‘costumed.’ ” Workshop: “Costuming a character.”

Day 5: “Costume Close to Home – A look at how we costume real characters for the museum’s Cemetery tours. What do we need to know?” Workshop: “Creating ideas for costuming the characters for this year’s tour.”