MARSHFIELD – Marriage ceremony robes worn by brides as way back as 1852 will likely be on show at Union Chapel in Brant Rock subsequent month.

The Marshfield Historic Society exhibit will likely be open from 1 to three pm Saturdays and Sundays from June four by means of June 26. Admission prices $5 for society members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are usually not required.

Twenty-one clothes and two males’s outfits will likely be on show. Not the clothes belonged to Marshfield residents, however all of them have a connection to the city.

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David Welch, president of the Marshfield Historic Society, got here up with the thought for the exhibit when the gown of Marydenise (Sullivan) White, a longtime Marshfield resident and volunteer within the city who died in 2021, was donated by her household.

“She was actually the inspiration to it,” Welch mentioned.

White’s gown, from 1948, stands proudly within the heart of the exhibit.

Some clothes had been saved within the basement of the Marcia Thomas Home and others are on mortgage or donated for the occasion.

“That is presupposed to seem like a marriage cake,” mentioned historic society board member Eva Gilarde as she identified one of many robes.

Gilarde’s daughter, Trina Gilarde Camarao, has her 1990s gown featured within the exhibit. Her wedding ceremony images had been taken at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

An 1852 wedding jacket made with shimmering green silk will be among the garments exhibited by the Marshfield Historical Society in June.  Monday, May 16, 2022.

The oldest clothes on show are from 1852, 1860 and 1880. They’re introduced as a trio and are usually not white.

“That is her wedding ceremony jacket. You already know, it was saved with slightly pin on it, saying what it was,” mentioned Dottie Melcher, curator for the Marshfield Historic Society, a few 1852 inexperienced jacket styled with a gown from the identical time interval.

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Melcher mentioned longtime Marshfield resident Shirley O’Donnell’s gown is a “bittersweet” addition to the exhibit. O’Donnell died in March and had donated her gown. The gown stands beside her husband Bertram O’Donnell’s tail coat. The couple had been married in 1952.

Shirley O'Donnell's wedding dress is shown alongside Bertram O'Donnell's wedding outfit from 1952. The garments will be on display in the Marshfield Historical Society's wedding exhibit.  Monday, May 16, 2022.

Bertram O’Donnell was a relative of the Little household, which has been lively in Marshfield for the reason that 18th and 19th centuries, Melcher mentioned.

There’s a 1961 gown on show made by Helen Demers, who’s from a Marshfield household. It was made utilizing a treadle stitching machine, Melcher mentioned. Demers made her daughter’s 1985 gown, additionally on show, utilizing her personal stitching machine.

“It is very ’80s … sleeves and the shoulders,” Melcher mentioned. “You’ll be able to nearly image the large puffy hair.”

Tina Gagne, of Marshfield, with her wedding dress from 1969. She has been married to David Gagne for 53 years, Monday, May 16, 2022.

Tina Gagne’s gown is about up alongside her visitor e book. Gagne, the historic society’s affiliate director, mentioned she by no means imagined having her gown on show.

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Every gown will likely be paired with an outline and details about the individual it belonged to.

“I am trying ahead to individuals seeing the clothes and seeing how they alter and progress, and what had been the traits,” Melcher mentioned.

The Marshfield Historical Society's wedding gown exhibit will be at Union Chapel in Brant Rock in June.  Monday, May 16, 2022.

The Marshfield Historic Society will host a reception for the exhibit, the society’s first large occasion for the reason that pandemic started, from 6 to 9 pm Saturday, Could 28, at Union Chapel, 327 Ocean St. There will likely be hors d’oeuvres, a bar , possibilities to win prizes and a quartet with musicians from Marshfield Excessive Faculty.

Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Register on-line at or name Gilarde at 781-834-6967.

Attendees are invited to decorate up for the occasion.

“We would like the gala to really feel like a marriage reception,” Melcher mentioned.

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