Saturday, June 23, 2018

Franklin Historical Museum: "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" and Photo Scanning Party- Jul 8

The bridal gown exhibit at the Franklin Historical Museum continues through the months of July and August. 14 beautiful gowns are on display that cover one hundred years of fashion. Our earliest gowns date back to the 1890s with their high fashion leg of mutton sleeves and whale bone enhanced bodices. Our 1990’s gown, worn by Cheryl Vendetti, brings back that one hundred year old fashion of the large puffy sleeves made popular again by Princess Diana. 

Three generations from one family are represented in the gowns worn by Gemma Crosta, Debbie Pellegri and Rona Pellegri. The unique and popular parachute gown, worn by Emma Velluti Rabioli is on display again this year. It was very sad to learn of Emma’s recent passing, but we are honored to have her silk parachute gown, and story, at the museum. Emma’s dress, with its simple design yet impressive 15 foot train, is so large, it has its own room to be able to see its full size. Also on display are the gowns worn by Franklin icon, Stella Jeon and beloved teacher, Palma Johnson.

The Second Sunday Speaker Series will focus on our wedding theme during the exhibit. Something Borrowed Something Blue is a presentation on wedding traditions, superstitions, fashions and cultural influences over time. Why does the bride throw her bouquet? A piece of cake under your pillow? Does rain on your wedding day bring good luck? When did brides start wearing white? Find out Sunday July 8th at 1:15PM for this fun and interesting presentation on the history of wedding traditions and fashions.

Also on July 8th, the Franklin Historical Museum invites you to join us for our first Photo Scanning Party. We’d love to see your family wedding photos, so bring them in to have them scanned and added to the museum’s photo collection. Borrowing on the idea from other area historical museums, and their success in collecting photos and preserving local history, we encourage Franklin residents to share their photographic history with us. For this first scanning party, Franklin residents can bring in their family wedding photos, have them scanned, and preserved within our photo collection. Tell us the story that goes with the photo, names, dates, location and your family will become part of our shared history.

The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street. Admission is always free and we are handicap accessible.

several of the bridal gowns on display
several of the bridal gowns on display

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