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Once a Bennie, Always a Bennie

Once a Bennie, Always a Bennie

When this dress from the early 1900s was pulled for the upcoming Fashion and Function: North Dakota Style exhibit, Assistant Curator Lori Nohner found she had a personal connection to the lacy cotton gown.

12/21/20 (Mon)

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Upcoming Fashion Exhibit Includes Objects from the Jewish Faith

Upcoming Fashion Exhibit Includes Objects from the Jewish Faith

The upcoming Fashion and Function: North Dakota Style exhibit includes a section about faith. Included four items from Temple B’ne Ephraim, formerly located on North Fifth Street in Bismarck. The agency collected these items from the temple in 1979 before it closed. 

12/09/20 (Wed)

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1920s Fashion in the Governor's Mansion

1920s Fashion in the Governor's Mansion

Stunning inaugural gowns worn by First Lady Grace Sorlie in the 1920s show the decade’s dramatic shift to a more carefree women’s style. Farewell, corsets! Hello, flapper dresses!

12/04/20 (Fri)

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Hats and Hunting: Fashion and Feathers in Our Museum Collection

Hats and Hunting: Fashion and Feathers in Our Museum Collection

The long-tailed pheasant was first introduced to southern North Dakota in 1917. At that time, pheasant feathers were becoming popular accessories in the millinery industry, and feathered hats were in demand as haute couture for the wealthy.

11/24/20 (Tue)

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Western Symbols Tell Stories of Cattle Culture

Western Symbols Tell Stories of Cattle Culture

Our upcoming Fashion & Function: North Dakota Style exhibit squeezes quite a collection of stories into the 5,000-square-foot Governors Gallery. One of those stories involves a military scout's buckskin suit.

11/19/20 (Thu)

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Sisters Help Us Properly Dress Our Nun

Sisters Help Us Properly Dress Our Nun

Preparing one outfit for the upcoming Fashion & Function: North Dakota Style exhibit was beyond our expertise. To dress a mannequin in a Benedictine sister’s habit, we had to call in some experts.

11/12/20 (Thu)

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Remembering A. Kirk Lanterman

Remembering A. Kirk Lanterman

Today I think of A. Kirk Lanterman who we lost a year ago. The State Historical Society of North Dakota and its Foundation miss him, a great friend. He never forgot North Dakota and we will never forget what he and his wife, Janet, did for education and tourism in North Dakota.

11/02/20 (Mon)

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Red Berry Woman, Red Berry Style

Red Berry Woman, Red Berry Style

A teal satin evening gown that will no doubt be a showstopper in the Fashion & Function: ND Style exhibition has arrived on loan from its designer Norma Baker-Flying Horse.

10/27/20 (Tue)

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Spooktacular Fashion: Four Vintage Halloween Masks

Spooktacular Fashion: Four Vintage Halloween Masks

Remember those inexpensive boxed costumes and uncomfortable masks you’d buy at a local drug store? This week we’re providing a spook-tacular look at four Fashion & Function: North Dakota Style artifacts.

10/26/20 (Mon)

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Wouldn't It Be Wunnerful, Wunnerful?

Wouldn't It Be Wunnerful, Wunnerful?

If you remember Saturday night baths and then being bundled in your pajamas and robe in front of the TV to watch The Lawrence Welk Show on a huge 17-inch screen, you will have your heartstrings strummed in Fashion & Function, scheduled to open in early 2021.

10/19/20 (Mon)

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