Mourning Dress -- Fever and war were the leading causes of death in 1800s Boone County,
and it was common to lose several family members during a bout with typhus or diptheria. Mourning periods were well-defined
and this collection examines women's dress from full black crepe through the muted colors of the lengthy "half-mourning"
period. On exhibit through June 29, 2009.
Collars, Hats & Sticks -- Clothing for well-dressed
man in the early 1900s often included starched white collars, a hat made of heavy wool felt, woven straw or sheared
beaver, and even a cane -- a cultural fashion survivor from the days when wealthy or powerful men used a staff as a symbol
of power or success. This exhibit will remain on display through August 2009.