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Good Manners: Everyday Etiquette Past & Present



SIZE: 1,000 square feet


What's the first thing you imagine when you hear the words “etiquette?” Do you envision members of Victorian high society bowing and curtsying to one another at a fancy ball? Do you think of someone using the incorrect fork to eat his or her appetizer at a formal dinner?

Knowing proper etiquette might seem like an old-fashioned and outdated idea in our more casual and busy society. Yet, there is etiquette to just about everything we do from walking down the street to sending an email. We follow both written and unwritten rules of etiquette everyday that show we have good manners; it's a sign of respect both for yourself and those around you.

This exhibition takes an entertaining look at the etiquette of everyday life, comparing rules of the past with the present. While good manners never go out of style, the definition of what constitutes good manners changes over time and often depends on the situation, what is fashionable, and the people involved. The exhibit might even change your perception of what the word “etiquette” means today.

These good manners are explored through four areas of American life:

  • Table Manners
  • At Work
  • Out and About
  • Entertaining at Home

This panel exhibition creates an opportunity for you to reveal treasures from your own collection. Developed by the Hayward Area Historical Society.

The exhibition includes:

  • 5 Text panels, 5 Exhibit graphics
  • Etiquette quote labels
  • Suggested ways to augment the exhibition through artifacts and vignettes
  • Suggested simple interactives
  • Interpretive materials for school groups
  • Exhibition Manual and Press Kit

TOP: Photograph courtesy Hayward Area Historical Society MIDDLE: Photograph courtesy Hayward Area Historical Society MIDDLE LEFT: Photograph courtesy Hayward Area Historical Society MIDDLE RIGHT: Good Manners at the San Joaquin County Historical Society, Lodi ABOVE: Good Manners at the San Joaquin County Historical Society, Lodi


March 28, 2010 – November 8, 2010 San Joaquin County Historical Society, Lodi
March 13, 2011 – July 17, 2011 Forest Home Historic Park, San Ramon
October 9, 2011 – February 12, 2012 Minnetrista, Muncie, Indiana
May 6, 2012 – July 1, 2012 Museum on Main, Pleasanton
December 2, 2012 – January 27, 2013 George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington, VA
September 1, 2014 - October 27, 2014 M.P. Baker Library, Panola College, Carthage, TX
May 27, 2015 - July 19, 2015 Adkins-Johnson Farm, Gladstone, MO
Posted in: Past Exhibits