Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Have you seen the tiara yet?


We had our annual Volunteer Enrichment Day today, where each department reports on the highlights of the past year.

OF COURSE, the Ida McKinley tiara was the biggest thing that has happened in my department this year!

I remembered that WFMJ was here the week before Chris and I were out of town in July, so we never saw the clip of their story about the tiara.  I searched for it and was excited to see that they were able to get a telephone interview with Rick Harrison!

Click here to see the story, featuring some of the Museum's volunteers who were also Tiara Fund Donors!

If you haven't see the tiara yet, come visit us.  You can also see some of Ida's underwear, while you're here!  "Mentioning the Unmentionables" is on view through November 30.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Underwear exhibit opens TONIGHT!

After a summer of immersing myself in the history of women's underwear, Mentioning the Unmentionables is finally ready to share with the public!

There is just so much to see.  We have everything from an 1810 corset to an underwear and cami set from 2003, and everything in between!

The exhibit is essentially a timeline of women's underwear history, with examples of garments and undergarments for most decades from 1810 to 1970.  Special sections include hosiery, nightgowns, bed jackets, and boudoir caps.

We even have two pieces of Ida McKinley's underwear on display!

Bloomers that belonged to First Lady Ida McKinley

The bloomers are marked "Ida Saxton" which dates them prior to her 1871 marriage
Text panels displayed with the artifacts provide context for each era's fashion changes, whether it's the hoop skirt of the 1860s, the bustle fad of the 1870s and 1880s, or the flat "Flapper style" of the 1920s.

The exhibit features more than 40 dress forms, plus additional garments on hanging display mounts and inside cases.

The opening is FREE and open to the public from 6:00 to 7:30 PM tonight.  If you can't make it, Mentioning the Unmentionables will be on view through Sunday November 30.

Here are a few more highlights!

1880s bustle, courtsey of Mary Doering

1880s bustle, Museum Collection

Corset waist, c1890s, courtesy of Mary Doering

One of approximately 15 exhibit panels in the exhibition

This is NOT A DRESS!  It is a petticoat and corset cover, c1890s, Museum Collection.

Long line corset, c1910-1912, courtesy of Mary Doeering.  Worn over a chemise of the same era from the Museum's Collection.

Chemise and drawers set, c1920s, Museum Collection

All-in-one, c1950s, courtesy of Jan Cassler

Cami and underwear set, c2003, courtesy of Linda Jordan

Morning jacket and boudoir caps, Museum Collection


Underwear, c1970, Museum Collection

Underwear by Pucci, courtesy of Mary Doering

Original drawing for a lingerie ad for The Parisian department store in Canton, courtesy of Jan Cassler


Friday, August 29, 2014

A peek at the exhibit

Work continues on Mentioning the Unmentionables!  The exhibit opens ONE WEEK from today with a free opening reception from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Here are a few in-progress pictures:

Title, credit, and intro panels




All items in this case courtesy of Mary Doering



Monday, August 25, 2014

Join us for a "Taste of Our Town " Progressive Dinner!

Our fall fundraiser is

Join us for a fun progressive dinner through the Street of Shops!

New additions this year include "firehouse chili" at the Fire Station and fruit at the Doctor's Office.  Plus lots more food and "street fair" entertainment.  Reservations can be made by calling 330-455-7043.

Here are some photos from our last "Taste of Our Town" event:

Friday, August 22, 2014

An empty gallery is a blank canvas

The Keller Gallery is EMPTY and all set up for the installation of Mentioning the Unmentionables next week!

This week we took down Peanuts...Naturally, packed it up, patched and painted the walls, cleaned the floor, and set up the cases/platforms/walls in their new spots.  At the beginning of next week we are having additional track lighting installed to light up dark areas in the gallery that have always been a problem.  Then installation will really begin!

We hope to see you at the opening on Friday September 5 from 6:00 to 7:30PM.  The gallery will be full of pretty dresses and undergarments from 1810 to 1970!

Here are some exclusive "behind-the-scenes" photos of what the gallery looks like right now!  There is minimal lighting, which makes it tough to get good photos, but you'll get the idea:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Underwear exhibit opening soon!

Peanuts...Naturally was packed in its crates this morning!  Which means.....Mentioning the Unmentionables is NEXT!

The dress forms are all dressed, ready and waiting.  Panels have been printed.  Object labels are almost finished.  There are a few things to work out, such as selecting petticoats for the "clothesline" display and which of Ida McKinley's underwear will be selected for the exhibit.  But the To Do List is actually pretty short, considering the gigantic scope of this project.

The opening is Friday September 5 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  I hope to see you there!  It's FREE and open to the public.

I will post a few shots of the installation in progress over the next two weeks.  I'm really excited about this one.  It's going to be FUN.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ida McKinley dress project update

Work is underway on two more dresses in the Ida McKinley Dress Project!  Our textile conservator sent me these photos this morning of Dress #83.70.14:

This photo was taken during the reactivation of the adhesive support. Our conservator’s hands are aligning the separated edges of the splits and reactivating the adhesive with a heated spatula (a little heat from the fingers helps "tack" the edges before they are secured for keeps with the heated spatula).
Our textile conservator’s assistant carrying out humidification and pressing treatment from the interior of the skirt using a heated spatula and ultrasonic humidifier. This process will prepare the skirt for closing the slits with adhesive and stitched treatment.
This is the lower edge of the bodice, which has been partially dismantled to gain access to the pleats, which were split along their entire length. But the slits are closed, here, because an adhesive support on the back is holding them together. The edge looks pointed because when the pleats are reassembled it smoothes out back to the bodice as it was worn.
This is a seam of the skirt which has been humidified and is under some glass weights to help correct the creases. The seams are thicker and the creases are very strong with a strong "memory," which means they want to go back to being creased. So the conservators relaxed the creases with the humidifier and left them overnight. You can see the cream selvedges along the seam. Some very frugal cutter at Rock and Torpey used every square inch of the printed fabric by using the unprinted selvedges in the seam allowance.