Exhibit: Brides of Yesteryear

Posted on: June 13, 2019
Tags: lunch and learn, exhibit, bridal, wedding
Textile Ladies
Holz (right) with the Textile Department volunteers

Harmon Museum's newest exhibit, "Brides of Yesteryear", is now open.  Featured are more than 25 wedding gowns worn by Warren County brides between 1870 and 1970.  This retrospective of wedding fashions includes photos of the brides wearing the gowns on their wedding day, along with information about the fabric and embellishments used to construct the dresses.

Lisa Holz, a Harmon Museum volunteer and costume historian curated the exhibit under the director of Textile Curator Jeanne Doan.  A team of volunteers worked with Holz and Doan to create the exhibit from early February until April 12 when the exhibit opened.

“We are very lucky to have a large collection of soft body mannequins made by past textile department staff and volunteers so we are able to display these fragile dresses without stressing the seams or otherwise damaging the clothing”, said Textile Curator Jeanne Doan. “Our textile collection is our single largest collection at Harmon Museum and we work very hard to preserve and conserve each piece so visitors can enjoy these beautiful creations for years to come”.

Holtz was also the speaker at an extremely well attended Lunch & Learn, of the same name, on June 12th. 

The exhibit is open through September 28, 2019.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the museum is $10.00.