The Finney County Museum in Garden City has switched to summer display hours effective June 1 and opened a new exhibit entitled “Unmentionables” in the Front Door Gallery. In addition, the Historic William Fulton House will open for summer tours June 5.
Museum exhibit hours during winter, spring and fall run from 1 to 5 p.m. seven days of the week, but in summer they stretch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, plus 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The additional hours will remain through Aug. 8.
Museum office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday year-round, and the Leola Howard Blanchard Research Library on the museum’s upper level operates 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
This summer will also bring the 16th season of tours at the Fulton House, a restored folk Victorian home located southwest of the museum inside Lee Richardson Zoo. It will be open 2 to 4 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays. Like the museum, admission is free, and Fulton House host Dakota Britton will be back to welcome visitors for a third consecutive summer.
The house was built on Seventh Street in 1884 by one of Garden City’s founding families. It was relocated near the museum in 2003, renovated and opened to visitors in 2005. The summer tour season is supported by the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
INTIMATE PEEK AT UNDERSIDE OF OLD-TIME FASHION
The “Unmentionables” exhibit, which will remain approximately two months, is subtitled “An intimate peek at the underside of fashion in the Victorian and Edwardian Eras.” It features corsets, binders, bloomers and other items pulled from the drawers of the museum’s collection of vintage clothing. A total of 12 pieces are being shown on eight mannequins, some plain and some with detailed lacing, embroidery and cutwork.
Garden City was founded in 1879, during the golden age of the corset, and viewers can learn about different types including the Elizabethan, Swanbill and even Electric Corset, not to mention the “Merry Widow” style. Visitors may also discover a few facts about the evolution of what Americans have worn under their outerwear since the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
While seven of the mannequins are devoted to articles worn a century ago by women, one showcases an all-encompassing garment men have donned beneath shirts and trousers since at least the 1860s. There are also five reproduced advertisements for corsets and lingerie, dating from the late 1800s through 1917.
The museum is located at 403 S. Fourth Street in Finnup Park. The Front Door Gallery is a small space just inside the main entrance where exhibits change four to six times each year. Displays there are supported by the Steve Stone Memorial Fund, and previous 2021 features have marked the 160th birthday of Kansas and the 25th anniversary of the Western Kansas Community Foundation.
Information is available at 620-272-3664.