Traveling Loan Exhibits
Roosevelt Longworth in her wedding gown, 1906.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and
Here Comes the Bride:
Weddings in America
A Traveling Exhibit from the Rogers Historical Museum
The twelve exhibit panels of “Here Comes the Bride” explore
such themes as: courtships and engagements; weddings in
early America; 19th- and 20th-century wedding attire;
decorations and gifts; the ceremony; the honeymoon; royal
weddings; ethnic customs; and modern changes in weddings.
The exhibition also includes hands-on activities and a slide
show with audio tape.
Exhibit photos and documents were gathered from institutions
in states such as New York, Arkansas, Minnesota, Illinois,
Oregon, California, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. In addition to
photos, each panel features at least one actual artifact or
document. Items include a turn-of-the-20th-century souvenir
crumber from Niagara Falls; honeymoon postcards; Greek
wedding crowns; a mid 1800s wedding hankie; and
advertisements for wedding gifts.
Courting couples like these from Northwest Arkansas
frequently socialized in group outings at the turn
of the 20th century.
The exhibit is accompanied
by suggestions for supplementing “Here Comes the Bride” with
local materials and by an activity packet with ideas for
educational programs for all ages. You will also receive
sample press releases, two publicity photographs, and
exhibit posters and brochures.
12 wall-hung, 30 x 40 inch panels, with Plexiglas covers and
metal frames and labels, photos, and artifacts in shadow
boxes; hands-on activities; and slide show with audio tape
60 running feet
Shipping requirements: common carrier; each exhibitor pays
shipping to the next booking site
Weight: three crates, total weight to be determined
(approximately 750 pounds)
Six-week booking periods (some double bookings available
25 posters for each six-week booking
200 brochures for each six-week booking
Participation fee for each booking period: $500
Suggestions for Funding
"Here Comes the Bride"
Short on funds? Contact your state humanities council about
the possibility of grant support. Perhaps a local business,
industry, or civic group will sponsor the exhibit. Be
sure to approach local bridal shops, tuxedo rental stores,
wedding chapels, and wedding consultants about sponsorships.
Barbara Jane Davies and her husband with their
wedding gifts, 1940. Courtesy of the Minnesota
Historical Society; photo by the Minneapolis Tribune
Contact for Availability
For further information or to arrange a booking, contact:
Rogers Historical Museum
322 South Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756-4546