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Something Old and Something New at Franklin Historical Museum

An Exhibit of More than a Century of Bridal Fashions

This summer, the Franklin Historical Museum welcomes the return of the Bridal Gown Exhibit, Something Old and Something New! See gowns worn by Franklin brides in a range of fashions throughout the decades, from the late 1800s right up to the 2000s. 
The exhibit will run through Sunday, August 4 during regular museum hours: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.
Each gown carries with it a unique story, preserving the hopes and dreams of each bride on her special day for generations to come. The 2024 exhibit features the highly requested 1946 parachute dress with the amazing 15-foot train, constructed of Japanese parachute silk. 
On July 14, fashion expert Ren (Karen) Antonowicz from Spirits of Fashion ( will discuss some of the styles and details of dresses on display as well as the broader trends they represented. Her presentation begins at 1:15 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.). 
The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street. Exhibits and events are always free. Visit for more information. Email Alan Earls at [email protected] with any questions.