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March 25, 2014

Dutch Costume Exhibit on display

Pella — Were you able to make it to the Grand Re-opening of the Pella Historical Society & Museums? If you visited the Historical Village, you might have discovered the Dutch Costume Exhibit on the second floor of Heritage Hall. This valuable and beautiful display is an exhibit everyone needs to see, especially if you are looking for the perfect example of an authentic Dutch Costume. Right now we are in the process of rejuvenating the display. We are working with new mannequins, and a new arrangement to better showcase the beautiful needlework from each region of the Netherlands.

The costumes are now in a sequential order following a map of Holland. The descriptions with each costume will also be rewritten so they are easy to read and easy to remember. Ten regions are represented with both men and women’s costumes, mourning costumes or accessories; including purses, buckles, buttons, and jewelry. Each costume has its own unique story and intricate details specific to the region it is from.

The Assistant Director and Collections Manager, Allison Limke, is also working on a reference booklet for the display that will have detailed explanations of each costume. With help from Jacki Craver’s and Phyllis Zylstra’s book Dutch Costumes A Look into the Past, Limke is including research and archival findings. The booklet will be a very wonderful extension of the traditional Dutch Costume exhibit.

Speaking of Dutch costumes, the annual Dutch Costume Sale & Exchange is coming up this Saturday March 29 from 8-10 a.m. in the Pella Historical Museums Scholte Church. Costumes for sale are to be brought to the church on Friday, March 28, between 4-6:30 p.m.  Costumes need to be on hangers and priced with a brief notation of how many pieces are in the costume.  Unsold costumes and/or monies from sales are to be picked up between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 29. All left items will be donated to the museum. Mark your calendars for this Saturday and find your perfect fit for Tulip Time 2014!

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