Kay Demlow created Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing in 1991 in Hillsboro, Oregon to bring the romance and beauty of the past to people living today. She is the company’s owner, researcher, clothing designer, and primary dress maker. Through the business she designs and creates custom garments for museum docents, Civil War reenactors, and Living History participants in the U.S. and Canada. Kay specializes in civilian clothing of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She hsa created authentic reproduction clothing for hsitoric plays and pageants, Oregon Trail wagon train travelers, television productions, theater groups, weddings, and living history demonstrations.
Kay is active in may historical groups. She is president of the Hillsboro Historic Society and a member of the Washington County Museum’s History Roundtable, the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums, Friends of Historic Champoeg, Friends of Historic Forest Grove, Historic Preservation League of Oregon and the National Trust for the Historic Preservation. Kay and her family reenact Civil war events as member so the Northwest Civil War Council, and participate in the Oregon Regency Society. She not only studies and sews 19th century clothes, she wears them at historic events throughout the year. Kay’s contributions to the California Trail Interpretive Center include garments for the lifecasts in the Forty Mile Desert diorama, and the California Diggings diorama.