Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fashion exhibit ready to open!

The Sheila Markley Black Collection
with a 
FREE OPENING from 6:00 to 7:30 PM 
in the Keller Gallery.  

We hope to see you there!

Here is a sneak peek of what you'll see:

Title Panel
Intro Panel
Sheila's Wedding Dress

Gucci Shoes

1980s Cocktail Dresses

1920s Cocktail Dresses

1960s Adolofo Suit

1990s Chanel Suit

Louboutin Shoes
Evening Gowns

The Little Black Dress

1940s LBD

1950s LBD
1990s Hat

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The gallery is sparkling!

Our maintenance staff just finished hanging the silver sparkly curtain I purchased for "The Sheila Markley Black" exhibition!  It is 10 feet tall and 30 feet wide.

Our interior movable walls are always painted black, which clearly would not work to display Little Black Dresses.  This curtain was a perfect solution for a backdrop!

Stay tuned for more photos as exhibit installation progresses...

Exhibit is sponsored in part by:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Exhibition design preview

Here is the layout I drew for "The Sheila Markley Black Collection" exhibition that opens March 27 in the Keller Gallery.  I'm very excited to share these lovely dresses with all of you!

Of course, the plan might change as we begin installation.  It usually does, even if just a little bit.

I purchased a lovely silver sequin backdrop with white tulle over it to put up behind the Little Black Dresses.  As you probably know, the temporary gallery walls are painted black, which wouldn't work very well to display black dresses!  The sparkly background will set the dresses off very nicely.  And in the future, we can use the backdrop for other exhibitions or on the stage for the Bridal Show.

"The Legacy of Ferdinand A. Brader" closes on Sunday.  So work will begin Monday morning de-installing one exhibition and installing the next.

Yesterday my volunteer Kathy and I made some selections of hats and shoes to include in the exhibition.  We chose a few too many than we have space for, so next week I will be making some more tough decisions...

We hope you will plan to join us for the FREE exhibition opening on Friday March 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Please welcome the new Mechanic to the Street of Shops!

Here is the latest figure to take up residency in the Street of Shops!  If you have a suggestion for a name, please leave it in the comments.

The Mechanic was funded through our annual Capital & Replacement fund drive.

Isn't he wonderful???

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sneek peak at the panels

All of the panels have been written, designed and even PRINTED for our next Keller Gallery exhibition "The Sheila Markley Black Collection" opening on FRIDAY MARCH 27!

We are very excited to share this amazing collection with you.  It has been tough to make decisions about what's in and what's out, but I think Kathy and I have done a good job of highlighting the most interesting dresses that showcase Sheila's fashion sense, within our four categories:
  • Evening Gowns
  • Cocktail Dresses
  • The Little Black Dress
  • Designer Suits

Interestingly, I just finished reading 100 Dresses, a gorgeous book published by The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Curator in Charge Harold Koda wrote about the selection process perfectly:

"…editing to only 100 dresses from the thousands of choice examples was fraught with debate and, on occasion, good-natured contention. Truth be told, establishing a standard for inclusion of one beautiful or elegant dress over another presents, whatever its date and provenance, the same subjectivity that operates whenever we judge others by what they are wearing. Despite the curator’s ability to apply objective criteria and recognized methodologies to identify the history significance, rarity, or technical virtuosity of one gown when compared to another, in the end, it must be confessed, the 100 dresses in this book are often simply the special favorites of one or another of The Costume Institute Staff.”

Exhibition sponsored in part by:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dine with President McKinley at Bender's!

We are excited to announce a unique partnership between the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton Food Tours, and Bender's!

CLICK HERE to buy tickets!!  Tickets are only available through Canton Food Tours.  See below for payment options.

Here is the information from the Canton Food Tours website:

Dinner With The President | 6:00-9:00pm | Wed March 25th


You Are Invited!

This one-of-a-kind dinner is a fundraiser for the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum.

Bender’s Tavern, in conjunction with Canton Food Tours, sets the scene and menu.  Inspired by the 1897 Inaugural Ball of President McKinley, the dinner is inspired by the original menu with appropriate and delicious twists by the talented chefs at Bender’s Tavern.

Christopher Kenney, McKinley Museum Education Director, who portrays William McKinley, will make an appearance so that we can interact and enjoy “dinner with the President”.

President William McKinley

Cost includes multi-course meal at Bender’s Tavern including dessert, taxes, and restaurant staff gratuity. Alcoholic beverages (or other beverages) may be ordered on your own.

Parking: Parking is available at Bender’s Tavern

Payment: If paying by credit card, register at link above. If paying by check, make check ($70.00/person) payable to Canton Food Tours and mail to:

Canton Food Tours
555 Market Ave N
Canton, Oh 44702

Proceeds go directly to the McKinley Museum.

Inaugural Ball Menu 1897

All payments needed 3 days in advance of event unless other arrangements have been made. No refunds for cancellations within 48 hours of event start time.

Food allergies? Let us know by emailing in advance of the event. On-the-spot accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Concert tickets now on sale

(If the video is cut off on your browser, visit this link to see the video:

Tickets for the Canton Comic Opera Company's 1897 Inaugural Grand Concert are NOW ON SALE!  Click here to purchase tickets.

Director of Education Christopher Kenney will be presenting a pre-concert lecture about President McKinley.  We hope to see you there!

For more information about the concert, click here.