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Cazenovia Public Library to hold reception for new exhibit

Mrs. James Shelley and her bird-of-paradise hat are featured in the Cazenovia Public Library's new exhibition: Fashion Takes Flight.

Mrs. James Shelley and her bird-of-paradise hat are featured in the Cazenovia Public Library's new exhibition: Fashion Takes Flight.

— The opening reception for “Fashion Takes Flight,” a new permanent exhibition at the Cazenovia Public Library, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, in the library’s museum.

The exhibition, designed by Pat Hill, Jonathan Holstein and Julia Smith Shotzberger, depicts the late-19th-to-early-20th-century obsession with feathers, plumes and all things aviary. The “Plume Boom,” as the trend became known, resulted in the death of hundreds of millions of birds for the sake of millinery fashion, but also marked — thanks to women such as Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall of Boston, founders of the Massachusetts Audubon Society — the beginning of the conservation movement in America.

An ostrich feather fan and plumes donated by fashion historian Susan Langley are included in the exhibition along with birds from the library's Robert Hubbard collection and other local collectors. Kevin Mann, creative director of Camp Design, provided the exhibition graphics.

For more information on the plume boom and its far-reaching cultural connectors, visit the library's tumblr site, Mr. Hubbard's Salon, at hubbardsalon.tumblr.com.

During the reception, light refreshments will be offered including PattyCake Bakers’ cupcake confections.

The Cazenovia Public Library Museum is open during regular library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org or call 655-9322.

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