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Library hosts an afternoon tea to kick off 'Mingling Thru the Decades' series
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Library hosts an afternoon tea to kick off 'Mingling Thru the Decades' series

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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.

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