Wedding gown exhibit at Allison-Antrim covers 135 years

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Shown in the accompanying photograph is the wedding dress of Nancy Meyers Pensinger, worn on Aug. 9, 1953, when she married Robert “Red” Pensinger. To the right is the flower girl’s dress that was worn by Nancy’s little sister Brenda Meyers Denisar. To the left of Nancy’s dress is the flower girl’s dress that Nancy wore at the wedding of her aunt and uncle, Mary Meyers and Ray Gibble, on Jan. 1, 1937. In the background is the blue pinstripe suit that Nancy’s father, Noah Myers, wore on his wedding day in 1931.

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.” 

One-hundred-thirty-five years of wedding gowns, from 1880 to 2015, are the featured exhibit through March 25 at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle.

Wedding gowns from Allison-Antrim Museum’s collections and others on loan from friends of the museum will be included. So as not to exclude the gentlemen, there will be two formal tuxedos c. 1900 and the 1931 blue pinstripe suit, worn by Noah Meyers, Antrim Township, accompanying the ladies’ dresses.

One of the gowns from the museum’s collection was worn by Nellie Snively, whose grandfather, Melchi, settled the village of Shady Grove.  She married Chalmers Omwake, who co-founded the business of Omwake and Oliver, one of the predecessors of today’s Antrim Builders. Mr. Omwake’s wedding tails will be alongside Miss Snively’s wedding dress as they were almost 115 years ago.

The “something old” is obvious.  The “something new” will be recent bridal gowns on loan from new brides.  The “something borrowed” will be the gowns on loan. 

Visit the exhibition to find out what the “something blue” is.  And, “…a sixpence in her shoe,” was for luck.

Allison-Antrim Museum is open Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit the museum's website at www.greencastlemusem.org, Facebook, and on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9010. 

There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted.