New addition to clothing exhibit at history center

The public is invited to view the newest addition to the clothing exhibit at the Anoka County History Center and Library, located at 2135 Third Ave. N. in Anoka. The new exhibit opened Oct. 29.

Clothing the County is an exhibition of clothing from the permanent collections of the historical society and features more than two dozen dresses, gowns, uniforms and more. This exhibit examines the history of fashion including trendy society to working clothing.

The political clothing is the newest addition featuring clothing worn by former County Commissioners Natalie Steffen, Dennis Berg and others during their campaigns for office.

“During the 16th and 17th centuries, you could tell the trade of an Englishman by the color of his apron, the idea of gender specific clothing for young children did not begin until just before World War 1 and the first woman to be shown pregnant on TV was Lucille Ball in the 1950s,” said Elaine Koehn, volunteer coordinator.

“These are just a few of the themes that are explored in the exhibit.”

The exhibit is free on the first Tuesday of every month. It is also open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is a fee of $3 for adults and $2 for children ages six-17 with reduced prices for groups of 15 or more of $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for children ages six-17. The exhibit is free to members and children under six years old.