212 West Main Street | Barrington, Illinois 60010




Wedding Dresses: A Retrospective


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Barrington History Museum Volunteer, Linda Brown
Curator of Wedding Dresses: Retrospective

Linda Brown is a retired Palatine elementary classroom teacher who lives in Lake Barrington.  She has volunteered at the museum for six years in various roles starting in education and most recently in curating the Wedding Dress exhibit.  She leads the preschool programs and helps out occasionally as a schoolmarm.  This is her second year on the Board of the museum.  She finds devoting time and energy to local history and specifically the Barrington History Museum very rewarding.

Wedding Dresses From the Turn of the 20th Century to the 1950s

SATURDAYS 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Weekday tours can be arranged by calling the Museum Office: 847.381.1730

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When asked to develop an exhibit using our collection of wedding dresses, I couldn’t have been more delighted.  In my six years as a volunteer, I had always wanted to get into that ‘sacred’ storage area that preserves our over 200 costumes.  My first work day was like Christmas morning opening up boxes not knowing what gems I would find inside each one.  What I did find became the basis for this exhibit of fifteen vintage dresses, some over 120 years old, donated over the years by Barrington residents.

By visiting the exhibit you will see a dress that broke with tradition – it is the color rust, a dress worn by three generations of brides, a dress with a 12 foot train and a dress with a memento sewn into the bodice.  Each dress is unique and many are handmade.  Most are in unbelieveably excellent condition.