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Wedding Exhibit at the Hearthside House Museum
April 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm$10
Spring means that wedding season is upon us and to celebrate that, a special wedding exhibit is being featured at Lincoln’s Hearthside House Museum on the weekend of April 8 and 9 from 1-4 p.m. each day.
More than 140 years of wedding dresses are represented in the exhibit, spanning from the 1840s to the 1980s. In the early years, brides simply wore their Sunday best, which eventually evolved into wearing white, made popular by Queen Victoria in the late 19th century and of course remains the choice of most brides today. The exhibit is displayed throughout two floors of the house museum and features more than twenty dresses, mostly from the museum’s collections.
In addition to wedding attire, the origins of such wedding traditions such as throwing the bouquet, stealing the wedding shoes, serving Jordan almonds, wearing something blue, and other common, and not so common, traditions are explained on informational panels as part of the exhibit. Visitors are invited enjoy the exhibits at their leisure while taking a self-guided tour the house and learning of its history from guides in period costume. The last admission is at 3 p.m. A $10 general admission is charged, $5 for students older than ten, and free for children younger than nine 9 as well as members of the museum.
Built in 1810, Hearthside was home to eleven families over its 200-year history until it was purchased by the Town of Lincoln in 1997. It is now an award-winning museum run by the Friends of Hearthside, an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to preserve, protect, promote and interpret the heritage of the homestead and the Great Road Historic District through living history programs and events.