Starting this month, the Ostrander Branch of the Delaware County District Library is participating in a countywide exhibit of historic wedding dresses. Members of the Delaware County History Network have come together to display historic wedding dresses and other wedding memorabilia from county residents.
The Delaware County History Network is sponsored by the Delaware County Historical Society and includes members from county libraries, local historical and genealogical societies, Preservation Parks, the Stratford Ecological Center, and the Delaware County Records Center.
The four dresses that will be on display in the Ostrander branch library include a dress by Margaret E. Bouic, who was a well-known genealogist. Bouic developed the Bouic Indexes of Delaware County Families. She died at the age of 100 in 2012, but still leaves her legacy with the index, currently located in the Local History Room of the Delaware Main Library.
While your family is searching for mailboxes this summer, stop by Preservation Parks’ Gallant Farm to see its June bridal show. The farm is a reconstruction of a Depression-era farmhouse and features many exhibits and activities, including animals. The house is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Delaware County Historical Society will have a longer exhibit from June 15 through September 15. 30 of a number of historic dresses and wedding items at her Nash House. The Nash House is an Italianate brick house built in 1878 and decorated in the Victorian style. It is located at 157 E. William St. in Delaware. It is open for visits on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Add to your trip the Powell-Liberty Historical Society exhibit at the Martin-Perry House in Powell and the Myers Inn in Sunbury and you’ve had a full robe tour.
If you have additional questions regarding the courtship, contact the Delaware County Historical Society by calling 740-369-3831 or emailing [email protected] It will be a great opportunity to get a glimpse of yesteryear. If you stop by the library first, pick up one of these recent releases in the historical fiction section.
• “The city of incurable women” by Maud Casey. Inspired by the true stories of women confined to the Salpêtrière hospital in Paris Belle Epoque with the dehumanizing and unscientific diagnosis of “hysteria”, the evocative, lyrical writing and vivid illustrations bring the memorable story to life. of every woman.
• “Peach Blossom Spring” by Melissa Fu. After a traumatic upheaval during his childhood in China, Renshu “Henry” Dao does everything in his power to assimilate into American culture, but he is unprepared when his daughter Lily begins asking questions that could reopen the wounds of his buried past. Enjoy this moving, character-driven family saga that explores issues of identity, obligation, and the sacrifices sometimes necessary to survive.
• “The last confessions of Sylvia P.” by Lee Kravetz. Kravetz presents a lyrical psychological novel about three lives affected by the development, publication and study of Sylvia Plath’s only novel “The Bell Jar”. Meet Agatha White, a frustrated 1950s housewife who develops a one-sided and increasingly obsessive rivalry with Plath after she joins the same poetry group; psychiatrist Dr Ruth Barnhouse, who tried to treat Plath’s clinical depression; and auction house curator Estee, who discovers the original manuscript of Plath’s novel.
• “The Great Passion” by James Runcie. Upon learning of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, a former student of the composer thinks back to his time with his teacher, which coincided with the composition of the famous oratorio The Passion according to Saint Matthew. Reviewers say this book is “first-rate historical fiction” (Publishers Weekly) and “rich in its descriptions of music, devotion to God, and the daily difficulties of life in the 18th century” (Kirkus Reviews).
• “Things Past Say” by Sheila Williams. Inspired by a supercentenarian named in the 1870 US Census and the ancestors of author Sheila Williams, this descriptive and dramatic novel follows the life of Maryam, an enslaved midwife. Discover the breadth of events that Maryam’s long life allowed her to witness; and Maryam’s hard-earned tenacity and resilience, which sustains her in her dehumanizing circumstances.
If you have a question you’d like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362 -3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always happy to hear from you!