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Historic wedding gowns on exhibit

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Laurie Hickey prepares an exhibit on wedding gowns at the Carson Valley museum. The exhibit is on display at the Genoa Courthouse Museum.
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“Here Comes the Bride or Everybody Loves a Wedding” is the featured exhibit for Women in History.

Seven wedding gowns from the Carson Valley Historical Society’s collection will be on exhibit through April 19.

“Don’t be shocked by the black and yellow wedding gowns. Black and colored wedding gowns were very common until 1900,” board member Laurie Hickey said. “Not to worry, we have five gorgeous white and cream gowns that are beautiful. Women in the day were much smaller and also used corsets to make their waist tiny.”

The exhibit committee has been busy the past few weeks building dress forms to fit the wedding gowns.

“Please don’t be too critical, you have no idea what is under these dresses: foam, batting, tissue paper, duck tape, pvc pipe, cardboard and probably a few other things I forgot to mention,” Hickey said. “Not to discriminate, a couple of examples of what the groom typically would have worn for the big day will also be on exhibit.”

One of the dresses in the collection include the one Marie Batildas Fabricus wore when she married Hans Christian Petersen May 25, 1889. Fabricus wore a smart two-piece wedding dress with velvet lapels and cuffs, the small matching hat with long tassel was the crowning touch.

Deliah Carter wore a two-piece Ecru cotton brocade wedding dress with lace at the collar and cuffs on her big day marrying Jacob Rodenbah, who operated Rodenbah’s Station on the road to Esmeralda. Just a few miles down the road was Carter’s Station owned by Deliah Carter’s family.

When the Rodenbah’s daughter, Susan, married longtime editor and owner of The Record-Courier, Bert Selkirk, she wore a two-piece silk gown appliquéd yoke, cuffs, collar and sleeve overlay with cummerbund waist. The walking skirt is scattered with matching appliqués. After retiring, Bert was the Justice of Peace and performed many weddings in their living room. Sue would often play the piano as part of the ceremony.

Other items in the exhibit include Henry Neddenriep’s wedding coat, shirt and bowler hat, as well as Amanda Gardner Dunning’s hand-painted Oriental design feather fan.

For more information, call 782-2555.