The first of three “Mingling Thru the Decades” programs was Saturday at the Southwest Library.
The programs, hosted by instructional librarian Stephanie Lewin-Lane, examine how people socialized during different time periods.
Lewin-Lane hopes these free programs will offer a glimpse into bygone eras.
“A lot of this comes from my personal interest in historical re-enactment,” she said.
Saturday’s program focused on the 1800s to the 1920s and was billed as an afteroon tea.
The final two programs:
Oct 5: 1930s-1940s — Ration Cooking, Make Do and Mend and a USO Mixer with the World War II USO Preservation Association. The gathering is 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southwest Library.
Nov. 9: 1950s-1960s — Table settings, “Mock”tails and Weird Foods in Jello Molds. Weather permitting, this program will feature a photo opportunity with a 1950s Chevy pickup. 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southwest Library.
The programs are free; however, registration is required, and space is limited. Note: These programs are for ages 14 and older. Register online at www.mykpl.info or call 262-564-6130.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed for that program’s theme. There are photos on the library’s website that offer ideas on vintage clothing for each program.
Lewin-Lane is no stranger to dressing for different eras; in prior years, she has been part of the troupe of performers at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.
Overall, she hopes participants will have a greater appreciation for history — and how life in bygone eras was not all that different, in the grand scheme of relationships and what mattered most.
“History has a way of connecting us,” she said.