This September the Mahoning Valley Historical Society will dedicate a gallery in the Arms Family Museum to showcase our spectacular collection of historic garments, and to a very special member of the Society. Thanks to the encouragement of generous supporter Jeanne D. Tyler, the society has cultivated an impressive collection of clothing representing centuries of the daily living and social activities of the people of the Mahoning Valley.
For more than 40 years Mrs. Tyler has been involved with MVHS in multiple capacities. She has served several terms as a Board member and two separate terms as President of the Society. The MVHS collections and educational programs have been greatly enhanced by numerous contributions of historical artifacts and records related to her family’s history, and by her financial support of special projects and facilities improvements.
The inaugural exhibit in the costume gallery will feature day dresses and evening gowns donated to the historical society by Mrs. Tyler over the past four decades. The exhibit, titled Twentieth Century Style: The Jeanne D. Tyler Collection, will showcase clothing worn by three generations of women: Jeanne D. Tyler, her mother, Marion Struthers Thomas Deibel, and her grandmother, Helen Struthers Thomas.
Spanning the 1910s to the 1970s, the garments of Twentieth Century Style embody the classic, elegant designs of their times. From simply tailored day dresses to sequined, appliquéd and layered evening gowns, the Tyler collection will provide a fitting launch for the Arms Family Museum’s new Jeanne D. Tyler Costume Gallery.
Twentieth Century Style opens during the society’s annual Founders Day celebration on Tuesday evening, September 10, 2013.
Enjoy this new exhibit at the Society’s free Founders Day Open House on Sunday, September 15th from 1-5 p.m.