Museum shows off explores New Milford’s past thru style


Visitors could be able to experience many years of style in only one stroll across the show off a room at the New Milford Historical Society and Museum.

A bedazzled light-crimson flapper dress, a black Victorian mourning outfit, American and Hessian Revolutionary War uniforms with plumed helmets and a colorful hippie get dressed are simply some of the examples of the wardrobes on show within the “Bits and Pieces” series that runs thru June 18.
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“It pulls out our a laugh pieces — portions we haven’t shown in a while or ever,” stated curator Lisa Roush. “It’s a fun strolling tour via New Milford.”

Shoes, hats, clothing, jewelry, purses and different add-ons from women and men — maximum of whom lived in New Milford — are included in the exhibit.

Some of the super artifacts that come from out of the city are a boot from Tom Thumb, who received reputation with the P.T. Barnum Circus, and a calash hat from one of Paul Revere’s family that dates to the 1760s.

There also are artifacts to accompany the garments, consisting of a bit of the Green Dragon Tavern, in which the Boston Tea Party and different early innovative acts had been planned. Some of Thumb’s old photos also are displayed alongside his shoe within the case.

A floral wedding ceremony slipper from 1787 is paired with the wedding sash and handkerchief Abigail Starr had when she wed Col. William Taylor, along with a love letter she wrote.

This is the first time the museum underneath Roush’s path has had a fancy dress exhibit, although the museum has carried out bridal, footwear and hats famous before.

Roush stated they had been inspired to have the exhibit as they were cataloging the museum’s 150 hats and eighty footwear this iciness. She and the volunteers kept finding portions they desired to percentage with the general public. They additionally have greater than 200 clothing accessories and more than a hundred and fifty attire and costumes.

“It became tough to decide which portions to expose due to the fact we’ve any such great collection,” she said.

About five percent of the museum’s collection is on display within the show-off.

It additionally aligns with the consignment fundraiser the historical society could be web hosting in May. They are also encouraging human beings to adopt a box to cowl the protection charges of the items in that container, along with hats or gloves.

“It enables us due to the fact the archival bins are very expensive,” she stated.

Visitors to the museum have visible a portrait of Ann Northrop Taylor striking within the primary room for years, but they’re now able to see that actual dress in person alongside the portray.

Another New Milford highlight is a top hat that became made within the New Milford Hat Company inside the late 1800s.

“Danbury is usually known as Hat City, however, human beings don’t realize that we had three hat factories,” Roush said. “Bridgewater had one and so did Roxbury.”

Roush additionally highlighted the concealment shoes determined in homes, along with determined during the society’s protection of the Knapp house, which is a part of the museum. These shoes had been constructed inside the walls of homes because of the superstition it would preserve spirits away.

She said she hopes human beings come and experience seeing the distinctive models of the ages.

People can go to the museum at 6 Aspetuck Ave. From midday to 3 p.M. From Tuesdays thru Friday and from 11 a.M. To two p.M. On Saturdays. The advised donation is $5.


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