The Brookfield Historical Society and Museum has put together a fascinating array of vintage ladies apparel for their summer exhibition that can be visited from noon to 4 p.m. on each Saturday in August. This display, put together is composed of apparel that period dresses once worn by Brookfield women.
For visitors viewing the exhibition it is like looking at images from a turn of the century hand tinted Godey girl fashion print. A formal dress worn by Brookfield’s Eleanor Stuart Terrill in 1892 still looks as if it just came out of a box purchased last week and is a highlight of the display. Most of the items on display are part of the Museum’s collections although a few pieces have been loaned to the Museum by private parties.
On display, visitors can admire vintage wedding and morning dresses, formal evening wear, early high button and dress shoes, lingerie, veils and Victorian and early ladies handkerchiefs.
About the Brookfield Historical Society and Museum
The Brookfield Museum & Historical Society maintains a collection of more than 13,000 dated artifacts dealing with Brookfield. To help researchers and to better share our collection, they utilize the revised and expanded version of Robert G. Chenhall’s system of classifying man made objects. Please contact them at 203-740-8140 if you have an interest in a particular artifact.
The Research Center has books on the history of Brookfield, surrounding towns and the State of Connecticut. There are genealogy items – books, diaries, compact discs, and cemetery records. Old newspapers, maps, deeds, and old tax records are also available. Additionally books on collecting antiques, dating old photographs and preservation can also be found as well as many old photographs and videos of Brookfield.
The Research Center is open during the times that the Museum is open and by appointment. The materials are not available for loan and must be used in the Museum building.