October 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Abraham Staats House
17 von Steuben Lane
South Bound Brook
NJ 08880

Saturday October 10, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday October 11, 12 pm – 4 pm

Sponsored by Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, many of the County’s significant historic sites open their doors for the weekend. Local historians will be available to share their knowledge and stories about Somerset County’s history.

The Abraham Staats House Presents Dana Bala  

Dressed To Kill

Dana Bala

From arsenic in clothing, blazing crinolines, and lead in cosmetics, throughout history we have worn deadly clothing and makeup to be the height of fashion even if it kills us.  Dana Bala will discuss some of the most lethal fashion practices in history, focusing on Victorian and Edwardian periods, when people were “dressed to kill.” Dressed in 19th century clothing while giving the folk arts presentation, Dana’s presentation is hands on, bringing many newspaper and magazine articles to pass around during the presentation.






Activities at the Abraham Staats House: Please Note : Social distancing rules apply.  Masks required. Hand sanitizer and wipes provided.

  • Outdoor Tent: Dana Bala “Dressed to Kill” program
  • In the House: 15-minute guided tours – (limit 6 persons per group, reserve as enter)
  • Exhibits: on grounds and indoors

ADMISSION to all participating sites is FREE.