Popular Museum Exhibit Ending
‘100 YEARS OF FASHION’ WILL ROTATE OUT DEC. 2
A popular exhibit at the McDonald County Historical Museum soon will be coming to an end.
The “100 Years of Fashion” exhibit features wardrobes from various periods of time throughout history.
Exhibit committee members are working to launch a new exhibit, “Stories of Military Service,” next spring. The last day to see the “100 Years of Fashion” exhibit is Dec. 2.
The 100 Years of Fashion — and the attire that was fashionable then — are highlighted in the exhibit, which is located in the old courthouse on the Pineville Square. Exhibit committee members decided to focus on the years of 1871 through 1978, the years the old courthouse was in operation.
Models are displayed around the old courtroom in the upper level.
Old-fashioned dresses, jewelry and shoes give museum-goers a glance at the upscale fashions of a particular era. A heavily-beaded dress from the 1920s required much seamstress repair work.
The exhibit gives young girls — as well as people of all ages — what was considered appropriate and fashionable attire for ladies for each decade.
Exhibit committee members pulled from a variety of sources for the dresses, shoes and hats. An anonymous donor helped volunteers purchase the majority of the items for the exhibit, said Historical Society President Lynn Tatum.
The exhibit has been popular among museum-goers and tour groups. Several visitors have made many favorable comments.
“Beautiful layout of all the dresses. I am literally speechless and will definitely be back with friends and family!” wrote one visitor.
“Wow, what a wonderful history of fashion,” wrote another.
“”We can’t believe that you did all the curating of this fashion exhibit yourselves!” wrote another visitor.
The director of a much larger museum complex in Arkansas wrote, ”A gem of a small museum! You are all amazing.”
The exhibit, the first of several
rotating exhibits, was launched in 2016.
The museum is located at the old courthouse in Pineville. For information, call the McDonald County Historical Society at 417-2237700 or visit the society on Facebook.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission to the museum is free.
A standing exhibit – 100 Years of Fashion – features the wardrobes from various periods of time throughout history. The courthouse was in operation and open from 1871 through 1978, so exhibit committee members focused on each decade and the trends throughout those 100 years of fashion. Time-period dresses, jewelry and shoes give museumgoers a glance at the upscale fashions of that particular era. A heavily-beaded dress from the early 1920s required much seamstress repair work.