By Lynne Beauchamp,

The Dexter Area Museum kicked off the 2018 season with an open house and tea social before presenting this year’s vintage display of wedding attire from the mid 1800’s-mid 1960’s.

The collection features a meticulous kept display of wedding gowns and attire collected by The Dexter Area Historical Society and also includes original marriage licenses. The artifacts featured are all connected to Dexter area residents, past and present.

During the social, Carol Jones of the Dexter Area Historical Society presented a history of American weddings – from the simple weddings of the early 1800’s to the elaborate weddings of today.


Jones explained wedding dresses ranged in colors, even black, because the wedding dress was also the bride’s best dress and may also be worn to a funeral. She said it was not until 1840, when Queen Victoria wore a white satin wedding gown, did white wedding gowns become popular. White was hard to keep clean in the day, Jones explained.

Museum staff, Sue Behnke and Nina Rackham, said the wedding artifacts being presented were painstakingly researched and put on display. Many of the items are fragile and delicate after years of being handed down.

The Dexter Area Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm-3pm, the first weekend of May until the first weekend of December. It is located at 3443 Inverness Street in Dexter. The wedding artifacts will be on display during this time.



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