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SUBMITTED by Larry Ann Evans, Wayne County Historical Society (9-Mar-2010)

The Wayne County Historical Society has embarked on a new campaign, Adopt-a-Dress.

After Costume Consultant Susan Green worked with the WCHS Collections Committee last year, the Wayne County Historical Society realized that they were in need of many more archival boxes than they had. To purchase the needed archival boxes, the society will be offering the Adopt-a-Dress campaign. For $40 (the cost of an archival box) a resident may adopt a particular dress and, if they like, they can come to the museum and learn how the dress is properly stored in the archival box. The resident’s name will be put on the box so that when the costume is next displayed, signage thanking that particular person can be displayed with the costume.

If any resident wants to adopt a dress, man’s suit, or a military uniform, please contact the Museum of Wayne County History.

For more information about this campaign, call the Museum of Wayne County History at 315-946-4943 or look at the website, www.waynehistory.org. The Museum is located at 21 Butternut Street, Lyons NY.


Information on the red dress:
  • Heavy red silk wedding gown worn by Alice Amanda Rich of Marion at her marriage to Edwin Catchpole of Rose on February 22, 1887
On the wall:
  • A 1902 Tea Gown made of fine wool satin, dusty rose coloring with a center panel made of green on pink brocaded silk.
In the box on the floor:
  • A black anniversary dress worn by Mrs. H.G. Hotchkiss Sr. at her golden wedding anniversary. Custom made for her by R.H. Macy Co. NY city made of black silk faille with princess torso with crochet buttons.


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