Clothing Exhibit

This was a previous exhibit shown in the Featured Exhibit area.

In the Looking Glass of Time:
Clothing from the Shenandoah Valley 1850-1950
May 23 thru August 27, 2005

Clothing and artifacts from every time period between 1850 and 1950 are featured in this temporary exhibit at the Heritage Center. Shelvie Carr, past HRHS president, Richard Martin, HRHS Director/Curator, and volunteers have been sorting through the Society's collection of vintage clothing to make displays from every decade. In addition to outerwear for men, women, and children, accessories such as fans, hats, and gloves will also be on display. Most displayed items come from the Society's own collection of items that have been donated over the years, making the exhibit even more personal for Rockingham County residents.

Come see an exhibit of clothing worn in the Shenandoah Valley.View the coarse woolen goods of the mid-19th century, the finery of the Victorian era, the Flapper styles of the 1920s and poodle skirts of the 1950s. Plus these special sections:

  • Late 18th-early 19th century clothing.
  • Purses: beaded, metal mesh
  • Fans: ivory handles, painted scenes
  • Combs Hats and Hair Coverings
  • Dress-makers of Harrisonburg

Families are invited to bring children and cameras for the "hands on" part of the exhibit. There will be clothing that children can try on to see how they would have been dressed if they had lived in a different era.

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