“Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” 7th Annual Award Winning Exhibit Presented By Oaklands Mansion

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Stories come to life through wedding gowns in the exhibition “Wedding Dresses through the Decades” on display Jan. 20 through March 4 in Maney Hall at Oaklands Mansion.

Step back into time and experience the common threads that weave lives together as women’s history, fashion history, cultural history and the history of the community is explored. More than 50 gowns are placed on loan and exhibited, most for the first time.

Vintage gowns from the past 100 years are on display along with brides’ photos and stories from their wedding day. During this exhibit, guests have the rare opportunity to view items from, not only the museum’s collection, but also elegant and fashionable wedding dresses worn by ladies from Murfreesboro and around the U.S. While here, enjoy bride dolls from different decades in many different sizes on display. These bride dolls and doll wedding dresses make a wonderful addition to the exhibit this year.

During the exhibit this year, guests can read “The Wedding Dress” by Rachel Hauck. Through a community partnership with “Read To Succeed,” book group discussions are offered during the dates of the exhibition in conjunction with “UnPlug & Read” month in February. An author night will also take place March 1 with Rachel Hauck presenting her book and answering questions. More information on the book discussion group dates and the author night is available at www.oaklandsmansion.org. 

Little princesses and their guests can attend Princess Night 4-7 p.m. Feb. 9. Guests can don their favorite dress or princess costume to the exhibit and enjoy refreshments in the museum gift shop. Murfreesboro's own princess, Miss Tennessee Valley 2018 Kristen Perry, will be here to meet all the little princesses. She and other local real life princesses will be available to speak with guests and share about the charities they are sponsoring. Tickets are $10 per person or $5 if dressed as a princess and can be pre-purchased at www.oaklandsmansion.org. Tickets include admission to the exhibit, photos with princesses, princess crafts and snacks.

The exhibit will be open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the exhibit is $10 per person and is open to the public. Museum tours are available at regular rates during regular museum hours and combination tickets for the exhibition and house tours are available at a reduced rate.

This exhibit is sponsored in part by the Human Sciences Department of Middle Tennessee State University.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Nevills at Oaklands 615-893-0022 or email mb@oaklandsmansion.org.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010