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Alice Roosevelt Longworth in her wedding gown, 1906. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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.


Exhibition Specifications

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
Moderate security
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 upon request)
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:

John Burroughs
Rogers Historical Museum
322 South Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756-4546
479/ 621-1154

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