NSM Lecture, J.W. and Annie Davis: Their Riveting Lives

As the well-known inventor of riveted work pants, much has been written about Jacob William “JW” Davis, some fact and some fiction. Having followed numerous paper trails, Clemence will present the true story of Davis and his family, based on documented evidence.

Weaving the intricate threads of Davis’ compelling life story, Clemence will discuss his journey from Russia through the Canadian wilderness and on to the American West, as well as his many business ventures along the way. Details will include his intriguing family history, including his marriage to Annie Packscher, who may be the missing link in this story that changed the future of the fashion industry.

This, of course, begs the question: Who really wore the pants in the Davis family?

Admission: $8 for adults; free for members and ages 17 and under. Doors open at 6 pm and the lecture starts at 6:30 pm. Contact Deborah Stevenson:


Annie Packscher Davis, courtesy of Nancy Finkin