Friday, May 6, 2016

Local Museum Time

This week I spent a couple of hours out at the local Powers Museum. I have served two different times on the board and know the terrible time they have making ends meet. A local woman died and left money to build the museum in honor of her parents, but the money doesn’t stretch far to keep the place running. It is a depository of many of Marian Wright Powers family things but also of many area historical items. Volunteers of any kind are appreciated.

Right now the museum gallery is displaying Fashions of Carthage Women in the past. It is quite interesting to see the fabrics and styles of yesteryear, not to mention the tiny sizes of women’s waists and feet!

A few hands and wraps were available to try on. Of course, my favorites were hats! Love hats!

Here is a most unusual hat. It is made of porcupine! I don't think I would care much for wearing this one.

A lovely 1903 wedding dress was worn by both Marian Wright Powers and her mother.

This airy dress was also turn of the century wearing apparel. It is made of lawn, a new fabric name for me. It was light like lingere material or the fabric used in ladies handkerchiefs. Writers often need to look at clothing if they are writing a period piece. And of course, the clothes themselves might create a story. So wonder what story this dress would tell the looker? Was it a happy time or did the wearer face a grave sadness? I wish the dress could talk!


Nasreen Iqbal said...

They don't make porcupine hats like THAT anymore.

It's time they staged a comeback.

Elephant's Child said...

We used lawn in sewing classes when I was at achool. I hadn't thought about it since then, and realise I haven't seen it or heard of it in years.
Porcupine hat? Not for me.
Nor the ones with bird bodies where were common at one time.

Donna Volkenannt said...

Thanks for this post, Claudia.
What a fun museum. I'm with you about the porcupine hat. And those boots look painful to wear.

rebecca said...

....and you look GREAT in that hat!
What an interesting place. (I imagine you can learn something new every time you go!)

Sioux said...

The shoes look painful, getting into any of those dresses would be impossible, but the hats (except for the porcupine one) look fun. Thanks for allowing me to vicariously visit this museum, Claudia.

Patricia A. Laster said...

Have you ever thought about doing a similar "museum" display with your own wedding dress and any "fun" clothes you've kept thru the years? I had such a flash while reading your interesting post. I still have my wedding dress and some other fun pieces that I've kept thru the years. The attic (and a mannequin) would be a good place to start. Loved the pictures.

Shilpa Chandrasekheran said...

Lovely !