Niagara Gazette

September 30, 2013

Weddings from the past fill history center exhibit

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — It may be autumn, but there’s still time to view “Summer Weddings,” the History Center’s exhibit of bridal gowns and wedding accessories, spanning more than 140 years.

The exhibit includes everything from 19th century gowns in shades of blue and burgundy, fit to be a lady’s Sunday’s best after the wedding, to those unforgettable floppy hats replacing veils in the ‘70s. Most gowns are from the History Center collection, with some on loan.

Along the way visitors will also see finery for the fashionable groom and wedding party of each time period, baby christening gowns for the future little ones, plus honeymoon travel brochures and lists of necessities to set up housekeeping.

Gowns are arranged from most recent to vintage by floor. Many gowns are accompanied by photos of the bride who wore them.

The exhibit also includes table settings of fine china and crystal that would have been used at weddings and bridal celebrations. It was curated by volunteers Becky and Gloria Pittler.

The Bond House and exhibit are open Saturday and Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through October in the Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario St., Lockport. “Summer Weddings” continues through October.

The exhibit includes everything from 19th century gowns in shades of blue and burgundy, fit to be a lady’s Sunday’s best after the wedding, to those unforgettable floppy hats replacing veils in the ‘70s. Most gowns are from the History Center collection, with some on loan.

Along the way visitors will also see finery for the fashionable groom and wedding party of each time period, baby christening gowns for the future little ones, plus honeymoon travel brochures and lists of necessities to set up housekeeping. Gowns are arranged from most recent to vintage by floor. Many gowns are accompanied by photos of the bride who wore them.

The exhibit also includes table settings of fine china and crystal that would have been used at weddings and bridal celebrations. It was curated by volunteers Becky and Gloria Pittler. “Summer Weddings” continues through October.