Historic clothing goes on display at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park
Women’s furs from the mid-20th century will be displayed for the first time during the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park’s annual clothing exhibit Oct. 22-23 and 29-30.
The furs are part of the extensive collection of clothing belonging to three generations of the Dangberg family.
“I’ve hesitated to display these furs in the past, but I believe they provide perspective on changing ideas about what is acceptable in fashion,” said park curator Mark Jensen. “There are some beautiful items, but there are also several examples of definite fashion mistakes.”
In addition to the furs, highlights of the exhibit include the christening dress first worn in 1866 by Fred Dangberg, Jr., several elaborate, beaded gowns from the 1920s, and women’s dresser sets from the 1890s-1930s.
Returning this year is the wedding gown worn in 1898 by Gertrude Dangberg, casual and formal clothing worn by Gertrude and her four daughters from the 1900s through the 1960s, and children’s clothing from the 1930s worn by Gertrude’s grandson, C. Stephen Achard, Jr.
Tuxedoes, suits and other clothing worn by Fred Dangberg, Jr., from the 1920s-1940s will also be shown, and visitors will see a range of men’s and women’s hats, shoes, jewelry and accessories from throughout the 20th century.
The exhibit, one of the park’s most popular events, has been expanded from one to two weekends to accommodate the increase in visitors that has occurred each year since it was first staged in 2008. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 16 and younger. Reservations are not required.
The exhibit is self-guided and will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. It is held in the historic ranch house, which contains the family’s original furnishings, including a 1916 grand piano that will be played during the event.
“The Dangberg clothing collection is so extensive that we always have something new to display each year,” Jensen said. “The park’s volunteers enjoy putting it together, and it’s rewarding to have more and more visitors come to the park to see these treasures.”
IF YOU GO
What: Historic Clothing Exhibit
When: Oct. 22-23, and Oct. 29-30, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Where:1450 Highway 88, Minden, one-half mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center.
Info: http://www.dangberghomeranch.org or, 783-9417.
Cost: $5 for adults, free for children 16 and younger. Reservations are not required.