Waistlines & Hemlines

The exhibit features our extensive collection of women’s vintage clothing from local donors. 20sflapper175wNew fashions are added each year to enhance the already spectacular display.

Waistlines and Hemlines vividly tells the story of the women who lived in the Stanwood and Camano Island area during the first seventy years of the twentieth century. The exhibit features an extensive collection of fashionable ladies’ clothing that serves to illuminate women’s history in the decades from 1900 through 1970.

These are the clothes that women saved because they were treasured. The clothing had special meaning and memories attached to it. Outfits range from wool swimsuits to satin and lace wedding dresses.
The display of vintage fashions is organized in sections devoted to telling the story of each decade through the clothes women wore then.

While the clothing collection is truly impressive, docents have enhanced the fashions by cleverly weaving into the exhibit historical anecdotes, photographs from each decade, newspaper articles and ads of the day, period objects, and an interpretive synopsis of each era covered.

Each year one woman is honored as a feature of a program honoring her contribution and memories.  Past years have included Dr. Dorothy Anderson (2015). Alice M. Davison, principal of Stanwood High School who spent 42 years in the Stanwood School system (2016).

Call 360-629-6110  or email to make tour appointments.

Past Teas

“Waistlines and Hemlines”
SAT. APRIL  29th

Starts at 12:30 …  Tea served at 1:30
We will be honoring the following business women:

  • Carrie Wang, who owned and ran Huntington’s Corner
  • Belle Keitel, who had Keitel Transportation
  • Anna Hanson Stubb, who ran the Mercantile for 30 years.

We will share our memories and encourage you to share yours as well.

There will be raffle baskets and a silent auction, as well as prizes for the best hat and vintage costume.
Rita Newberry will bring her wonderful hats for sale.
Because of the popularity of the Tea, prepaid reservations are required by April 21.
Call 360-629-6110 and leave a message to make reservations.
Tickets are $20.00

Mail reservations to:
Stanwood Area Historical Society
Spring Tea
P.O. Box 69
Stanwood WA 98292