396 County St
New Bedford, MA 02740
The Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum invites the public to the opening reception of an exhibit Quaker clothing in the Upstairs Galleries on Thursday, March 9th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The objects are part of the museum’s costume collection from the Quaker Tucker/Gidley family, whose descendants still reside in nearby Dartmouth today. Several dresses on display are on loan from the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Westport Historical Society, as well.
The clothing in the Tucker-Gidley Collection includes gowns, bonnets, inner bonnets and caps, scarves, shoes and assorted accessories. The simple but elegant objects in the exhibit provide a rich visual backdrop to explore defining tenets of Quaker beliefs, including simplicity, abolition, activism and pacifism. The exhibit runs through May 15th.