A Tale of Three Sisters

Coal mines and the promise of prosperity brought Charles Dayton Arms to Trumbull County from Sodus, New York in the 1840’s.  C. D. married Hannah Wick in 1852 and the couple made their home in Youngstown.  They prospered, as he had hoped, with C.D. making a fortune in mining.  The couple had six daughters – Sarah, Annie, Katherine, Carolyn, Laurabelle, and Olive – who grew up knowing the privilege of wealth.

The Arms sisters enjoyed every advantage.  They were well-educated, well-traveled, and most definitley well-styled in the most current high fashions.  This exhibit features clothing worn by three of the Arms girls: Katherine (born in 1858), Carolyn (born in 1860), and Olive (born in 1865).  hese hand-sewn, one-of-a-kind costumes were made by skilled dressmakers from the 1880’s-1920’s.  Some were created at the center of haute couture fashion in Paris, France. Others were made by dress shops in New York City and Cleveland, and some were made by seamstresses in Youngstown.

The exhibit is now open at the Arms Family Museum in the Jeanne D. Tyler Costume Gallery.  Museum hours are currently Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2015, the museum hours will change to 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Plan your visit here.