What We Wore: An Exhibition of Clothing, Shoes and Hats

Economics, work, play, preference, pleasure, practicality, rites of passage — each of these are reflected in the clothing we wear.  The clothing in our collection was donated for a particular reason – ties to local historical events and people, memories of past fashions and years gone by, clothing marking special occasions. Each item tells us […]

Featured Artifact: Patent Medicines from the BV Museum Collection

Famous (or infamous) for their flashy advertisements and curative promises, patent medicines had their hey-day of popularity in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Patent medicines existed to cure or prevent nearly every thinkable ailment: from pimples, to cancer. Many claimed to be effective against a large range of ailments, both internal and external. Patent […]