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Carolyn Young of the Union County Museum Society shows off dresses that will be part of the display Sunday at Stang Manor.  (The Observer/T.L. Petersen).
Carolyn Young of the Union County Museum Society shows off dresses that will be part of the display Sunday at Stang Manor. (The Observer/T.L. Petersen).

It's hard to imagine actually wearing some of the 25 dresses that will be on display at Stang Manor.

There are yards and yards of delicate lace and fine fabrics, and many of the waists are tiny — 21 inches or less.

But "A Century of Wedding Fashions" is real, a chance to transport back to a day when weddings were the pinnacle of fashion and elegance.

The Union County Museum Society is sponsoring an open house Sunday afternoon as a fund-raiser and membership event featuring the fashions. Scattered throughout Stang Manor in La Grande will be at least 25 wedding outfits, including dresses and going-away outfits dating from 1862 to 1962. Along with the dresses will be displays of traditional wedding gifts from 1891, 1928 and 1951, and wedding photographs of the happy day.

Visitors to the display will have a chance to not only see the dresses but learn some of their stories. The collection includes a day-after dress worn in 1887 by Gov. Walter Pierce's new bride, Clara. Her wedding joy was short-lived, however, as Clara died just three years after her wedding following the birth of her first child.

The afternoon of wedding fashions will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. A $5 donation at the door, or a new museum membership, will be asked and door prizes, refreshments and piano music by Mary Helen Garoutte and Marilyn Muller will be provided.

Stang Manor is at 1612 Walnut St.

The Union County Museum, in Union, has been an all-volunteer organization since it was founded in the 1960s.

— T.L. Petersen

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