The main exhibit space on the second floor showcases items from this extensive assortment of family artifacts, with a focus on the costume collection. Exhibits are updated twice a year. The current exhibit is “Paris, 1903.”
In this exhibit are two of the costumes that 19-year-old Marjorie had commissioned to be made in Paris, at her mother’s request. Beautiful as they are, however, fashion was not uppermost in Marjorie’s mind. She resented the time spent shopping and going for fittings when she would far rather have been out on the Paris streets. “I am moaning and groaning at the thought of getting my summer clothes in Paris,” she wrote to her mother Bessie. Marjorie commented on the ordeal of her last fitting for the dress seen in the main exhibit space: “that time I only had a two-hour stand.” How fortunate we are that she endured, for 112 years later, we can all enjoy this lovely gown’s delicate, sophisticated beauty. Postcards and letters are placed throughout the exhibit ¬– just a few of the hundreds Marjorie sent home that year. You will also see images of Paris that were painted by Marjorie on later visits.