PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Couture & Antique Clothing Sale to be held in Southold” SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Couture & Antique Clothing sale on Thursday, July 23 through Saturday July 25 from 1 to 4pm. The sale will be held at the Cosden-Price Gallery in the Reichert Family Center, which is located at 54127 Main Road, Southold, NY. The Collections Committee of the Southold Historical Society discussed the possibility of raising funds through the sale of designer and antique clothing, as there is such an interest in vintage articles. Some of the items offered will be period and designer coats, dresses, handbags, hats and shoes. The funds raised will be earmarked for preservation of the Civil War Banner which the Society acquired last year. The banner was originally created for the Mattituck “Wide Awake” Club. The “Wide Awakes” were a paramilitary campaign organization affiliated with the American Republican Party during the United States Presidential election of 1860. Local newspapers report that on the day before the election of 1860, the “Wide Awake” groups of the North Fork marched in a torchlight parade through Southold in support of Abraham Lincoln’s election. The Mattituck Club is mentioned as marching in that parade. While the banner survived mostly intact over the years, it does require preservation work to ensure its long term survival. Chris Wruck, Collections Committee member, stated “It is surprising how expensive conservation of valuable textiles is, but the banner is so rare and important that it merits to be fully preserved.” For more information on this event or other Society programs, please contact the Southold Historical Society at (631) 765-5500.