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January 20, 2016

New exhibit 'Women at Work' opens at Betsy Ross House

Get a sense of what it was like to be a Colonial working woman

The new exhibit "Women at Work in Revolutionary America" will open Jan. 30 at the historic Betsy Ross House. Head to the basement of the house to experience family-friendly, interactive and hands-on activities.

The work that went into running an 18th century household will be highlighted, mainly focusing on laundry and food shopping. 

In colonial America, it took three days to complete the chore of washing and drying laundry, which was time that many women couldn't afford to spend away from their businesses. Preserving, butchering or pickling food was too long of a process as well.

To solve the problem, many women relied on businesses that provided those services -- often run by other women.

“We like to remind people that women in the 18th century weren’t that much different from women today,” Lisa Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House, shared in a press release. 

“They held down jobs, owned businesses, raised families and, like women today, had to fit all their household chores into their busy days. This new exhibit helps visitors understand just how they did it.”

General admission to the House includes the new exhibit.

Women at Work in Revolutionary America

Opening Saturday, Jan. 30
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday | $4-$5 general admission
Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.
(215) 686-1252