Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Reviving & Reinventing the Past

The Colonial Revival Movement

The Colonial Revival movement emerged in the United States during the country’s centennial celebrations around 1876. Spanning from about 1876 to 1932, this movement idolized the life of individuals in the pre-industrialization era by emulating colonial culture in literature, art, architecture, the decorative arts, and interior decoration. This exhibit explored the Colonial Revival movement as a way of life and how the movement presented itself in the material culture of the time.

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