Maple Grove Historical Society to showcase bridal wear from 1860s to 1950s
Take a step back in bridal history at the Maple Grove Historical Museum. The Maple Grove Historic Preservation Society is presenting a display of wedding gowns, bridesmaid gown, flower girl dresses and even a wedding suit coat.
Maple Grove Historical Society members Joyce Deane and Caroline Schaefer say the dresses on display have been loaned to them from either society members or from people from the Maple Grove area.
They said Addie Maser, 94 years old and a society member, loaned her dress to the display. Her dress is a long-sleeved satin dress with lace accents and a train.
The oldest piece in the collection is a man’s wedding suit coat from the 1860s.
Schaefer’s mother’s wedding dress is also part of the display. Her mother, Vera (Koch) Schaefer, was married in October 1935. The dress was all velvet. Schaefer said it was 90 degrees at her parent’s wedding.
One of the wedding gowns on display is from 1942, when “not everyone had big weddings” Schaefer said.
Many of the dresses were made by Lorraine Chapman, who was a seamstress that lived in Osseo. She created dresses for people in the Maple Grove and Osseo areas for a long time, according to Schaefer and Deane. Even Chapman’s own wedding dress she made in 1927 is part of the display.
Deane said they were happy to have so many dresses to show in such good condition. “Some of these dresses survived several tornadoes,” she added.
The display will be open for the public to visit Sunday, July 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Maple Grove History Museum, 9030 Forestview Lane. Use the south driveway to enter and park. The wedding display will be up through the summer.
The museum is also open every second Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is also open by appointment for group tours. For further information call Roger at 763-425-2233.