WEDDING EXHIBIT AT THE MUSEUM
Wedding Exhibit at the Museum
Have you ever wondered where the expression “June bride” came from? Even though society is moving away from this tradition, for many years the month to marry was June. Practicality played a part in this Victorian custom. If married in June, the bride was likely to birth her first child in spring, allowing her enough time to recover before the fall harvest. June also signified the end of Lent and the arrival of warmer weather. That meant it was time to remove winter clothing and partake in one's annual bath. April, November and December were favored also, so as not to conflict with peak farm work months.
For the month of June the Seymour Community Museum is featuring a look back at marriage customs and local weddings. The elegant display is on exhibit every day at the museum from 1:00 to 4:00 through the month of June with the exception of Monday and Tuesday. A special program with young women modeling the dresses will be presented on Sunday afternoon, June 22 starting at 1:30 in the upstairs community room of the museum. You can see a preview of the program by attending music in the park on Wednesday evening June 18. Admission is free and open to the public.
A wide variety of items are in the museum collection and on display. See the handmade wedding dress of Mrs. Andrew Rusch from 1908 and the blue wedding suit of Mrs. Smiley Nicodem (Rhoda). Additional dresses include those donated by the Mueller family, Gladys Mc Cormick, Fenton Muehl, Sophia Kocha, Agnes (Sigl) Krizek, Viola Mamerow, Myrene Goerl, Lydia Barth, Nancy Steiner, Vernice Witthuhn plus many more.
You will see tuxedos, from Carl Tickler and Grandy Nelson, a very old jacket from Grandpa Voss and a Swallow Tail coat made by Paul Kuehne in Radegast, Germany. This was made at his father’s tailor shop where he learned the trade before coming to America in 1913. The personal touch is added with wedding flowers and boutonnieres for the men.
Also on display are mother of the bride dresses, flower girl dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding cakes, accessories and common gifts of different eras. The live session on Sunday, June 22 will include free punch, cupcakes, other goodies and appropriate live music.
Be sure to visit the museum to view this impressive display.