Wedding Dresses at Oaklands Mansion NOW Thru 3/3/19

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(MURFREESBORO) Wedding Dresses Through The Decades is now open every day through March 3, 2019 at Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Avenue.

Stories of our community will come to life through wedding gowns on display at Oaklands Mansion, where every dress tells a love story. Step back into time and experience the common threads that weave together the lives of women as we explore women's history, fashion history, cultural history and the history of our community.

Over fifty gowns have been placed on loan and exhibited, most for the first time. The "Wedding Dresses Through the Decades" exhibit in Maney Hall at Oaklands Mansion takes place from January 19 through March 3, 2019.

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Princess Day February 9, 2019

Calling all princesses! What a better way to be a princess than to be surrounded by princess dresses. Wear your favorite dress or princess costume to the exhibit on February 9, 2019. Tickets are $10 per person with ages 5 and under free. Tickets can be pre-purchased at www.oaklandsmansion.org.

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"This is a great daddy/daughter outing, as well as grandparent's day out and is wonderful for all ages," said Mary Beth Nevills, Education Director of Oaklands, "Your princess will love being the center of attention for this special showing of big fluffy dresses and tiaras that sparkle."

Princess Day on February 9th in the exhibit is open from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and is a come-and-go event. Tickets include admission to the wedding dress exhibit and princess crafts. The Wedding Dresses Through the Decades Exhibit is sponsored in part by the Human Sciences Department of Middle Tennessee State University, Chelsea Place Apartments and Karen Whitaker with Ruby Ribbon. Tickets can be purchased online at oaklandsmansion.org. For more information, contact Mary Beth Nevills at Oaklands (615) 893-0022 or email mb@oaklandsmansion.org.

Author Luncheon February 19, 2019

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 2:00p.m. Oaklands will host local author, Lucinda Poole Cockrell, as she discusses How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History, which was co-authored with Elizabeth "Wiz" Dow. This event will be held in the Wedding Dresses Through the Decades Exhibit. After the author talk, Mrs. Cockrell will be available in the museum gift shop to sign books and guests are invited to enjoy the Wedding Dresses Through the Decades Exhibit. Books will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

Their book provides answers to the question: when it's time to move or someone dies --- or just clean out the attic, garage, or basement, what papers and other things should we save for the sake of history and what can we safely toss? Cockrell will cover topics such as the historical value of various materials and how to preserve and/or donate family objects. Many of the dresses in the exhibit have been part of their family's keepsake projects.

After reading this clearly written book by a retired archivist and a retired museum curator, you can comfortably clean out your attic - or office, garage, basement, cupboards - with confidence that you're not tossing out historically valuable (or invaluable) things, and that you will not ask your local museum to take things that really belong in a thrift store, junk yard, or recycle center.

Lucinda Poole Cockrell is a Murfreesboro native and the daughter of Finis and Jane Poole, now both deceased. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where both her parents were professors, and where she served as Assistant Director/Archivist of the Center for Popular Music for 15 years until she retired. Lucinda has worked professionally for more than thirty years in the museum, archives, and public history field. She has degrees in Historic Preservation (MTSU) and Museum Education (The College of William and Mary), and is a Certified Archivist. Her career has been graced by positions held at the James K. Polk Ancestral Home (Columbia, Tennessee), the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (Virginia), and as a museum consultant.

She now lives in the mountains of Vermont with her husband, Dale, her dog, Enkidu, and volunteers in local museums and libraries, serves on boards, collects ephemera, and helps friends weed their attics.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at oaklandsmansion.org, in the museum gift shop during regular business hours or call the museum gift shop to purchase your ticket over the phone by calling 615-893-0022.

Ladies Night February 22, 2019

Grab a group of friends and join us for Ladies Night! Spend time walking through the vintage dresses and visit exhibit sponsor, Karen Whitaker with Ruby Ribbon on February 22, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Tickets are $10 per person and can be pre-purchased at www.oaklandsmansion.org.

Karen Whitaker, a stylist for Ruby Ribbon, will showcase innovative products that seamlessly combine fit, function and fashion. The spring collection includes everything from tops, tunics, hoodies and tanks to leggings, intimates, and shape-wear.

"Each year groups of ladies from bunko, church small group, co-workers, and college girlfriends come and enjoy the exhibit together," said Mary Beth Nevills, Education Director of Oaklands, "This is a night for them to enjoy these vintage treasures."

Ladies Night on February 22nd in the exhibit is open from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and is a come-and-go event. Tickets include admission to the wedding dress exhibit, a showcase of Ruby Ribbon comfort clothing for women, and more. The Wedding Dresses Through the Decades Exhibit is sponsored in part by the Human Sciences Department of Middle Tennessee State University, Chelsea Place Apartments and Karen Whitaker with Ruby Ribbon. Tickets can be purchased online at oaklandsmansion.org. For more information, contact Mary Beth Nevills at Oaklands (615) 893-0022 or email mb@oaklandsmansion.

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