One to Follow: Threaded Blog at Smithsonian Magazine

Thanks to Ms. S for pointing out Threaded, a fun blog over at Smithsonian Magazine.

It’s about Olympic uniforms, Cosmo, wearing wool all summer in the late 19th century, swimsuits, 600 year old bras, war shirts, and LBJ’s custom Haggar’s. It’s a good read from Emily Spivack, Editor of the blog. Read an interview about her ideas for the blog here at

“Mermaids at Brighton” by William Heath (1795 – 1840), c. 1829. From Threaded blog at


About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.