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About Shelley Peters

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

When Shelley and Don Peters became Civilian Civil War Reenactors in Southern California, in Feb of 2001, they were asked to organize a Reenactor’s Swapmeet. Portraying the Senator from Kansas, the name Kansas Mercantile stuck.  Seeing the need for historically correct Civilian goods, Shelley started using her lifelong sewing skills to make Custom Clothing, (especially corsets), and the Kansas Mercantile quickly grew. When Mr. Peters passed away in 2003, Mrs. Peters went into Victorian Mourning and became “The Widow Peters”.   She has been the Civilian director for the American Civil War Society, Inc. for 3 years, has taught at Costume College since 2004, and conducts Sewing Workshops on Period Clothing Construction.

The Widow Peters in Church at Prado, CA, 2004

The Widow Peters at Orange Empire Railroad Mueum, Perris, Ca 2004 100+ that day

The Widow Peters narrating the  Fashion Show, Calico Ghost Town, CA, 2004

2nd Mourning


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