The Clallam County Historical Society’s “Celebrating 120 Years of Bridal Parties” features historic bridal gowns such as this gown from 1898 Photo courtesy of Clallam County Historical Society

The Clallam County Historical Society’s “Celebrating 120 Years of Bridal Parties” features historic bridal gowns such as this gown from 1898 Photo courtesy of Clallam County Historical Society

Clallam County Historical Society to spotlight bridal gowns at annual fundraiser

The Clallam County Historical Society and North Olympic History Center present “Celebrating 120 Years of Bridal Parties” at its annual fashion show fundraiser on Saturday, May 18, at the Lincoln Center, 903 W. Ninth St., Port Angeles.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the fashion show starts at 10:30 a.m.

The Historical Society has dozens of wedding gowns in its collection, the oldest from 1898 and the most recent from 2003. The gowns, as well as 10 others spanning the decades from the 1890s through the 2000s, will be featured. The gowns are fragile and will be exhibited only on dress forms.

The most “historic” gown, event organizers say, is the wedding suit that belonged to Caroline Jones Rixon — pioneer at Fairholme at the west end of Lake Crescent and the namesake of Mount Carrie in the Olympics. Caroline and Theodore Rixon, government timber cruiser, surveyor and long-time Clallam County engineer, were married in 1899; the suit was donated by their granddaughter.

Exhibits will showcase both what the bride and groom would wear the day of the wedding and gifts that might be in the bride’s hope chest.

Light refreshments will be provided by Chestnut Cottage. There will be a number of raffle baskets available, including a silk painting donated by Karen Sistek.

Tickets are $20 for Historical Society members, $25 for non-members; tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through the society’s office.

For more information, call 360-452-2662 or email to artifact@olypen.com.

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