The exhibit titled “What We Wore: Mid-Century Women’s Fashions “ is the fifth in a series of temporary exhibits at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center and presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society.
The exhibit will run through Sept. 15 and will be located in Suite 140 of the historic marble courthouse in downtown Canton.
The exhibit will focus on women’s clothes and accessories from the 1950s worn by local residents.
“We are excited about this exhibit because it is a fun way to look at history. Clothing styles often represent what is happening in the world around us,” said Stefanie Joyner, executive director of the Cherokee County Historical Society. “During the ’50s, women were celebrating the end of World War II and an increased emphasis on femininity.”
The exhibit was mainly designed by Meghan Griffin, the historical society’s archivist, and Danna Simonis, an intern with the historical society from Kennesaw State University.
Photographs, clothes, and video will be used to illustrate how the style evolved and family stories on the clothes will be featured as part of the exhibit.
The majority of the clothes in the exhibit were donated by the Jones family in Canton. Many of the clothes were worn by Jessie Pearl Turner Jones, wife of Louis Lindley Jones Sr., who at the time was the president of Canton Cotton Mills.
Other of the dresses, hats, gloves, and other accessories belonged to Peggy Hendrix Jones, and her daughter, Nancy Turner Jones Knight. Peggy was the wife of Louis L. Jones Jr.
In addition, Peggy Bremer Crawford and the family of Elizabeth, Frank, and David Stone contributed items on exhibit.
Clothing on exhibit includes every style from evening wear to boudoir ensembles from the 1950s. A large number of hats are showcased, as well as children’s clothing.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 100 North St. in Canton.
The operating hours are Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (770) 345-3288 or visit www.rockbarn.org.