Waistlines & Hemlines

The exhibit features our extensive collection of women’s vintage clothing from local donors. New fashions are added each year to enhance the already spectacular display and celebrated in April with our Spring Tea (see below).

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.

Stanwood Area Historical Society’s 7th Annual Spring Tea & Vintage Fashion Exhibit
“Waistlines, Hemlines & More”
Saturday April 21st
Opens at 12:30
Tea served at 1:30

Join us for an elegant tea, savory sandwiches, fruit and home made sweets catered by the Culinary Arts Class
at Stanwood Camano High School.
Prizes will be given for the best hta and vintage costume

Prepaid reservations by April 10 are required
Get your bids in early for the Silent Auction to win one of the lovely Raffle Baskets.
The exhibit on the 3rd floor of the Floyd features the museum’s collection of women’s vintage
clothing from 1880 to 1970
Our wonderful doll house collection, created by local craftsmen has moved to the Floyd. You will be amazed by the intricate details of these miniatures representing the early 1900’s

Mail reservations to
Stanwood Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 69
Stanwood WA 98292
Call 360-629-6110
Tickets $20.00
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center
27130 102nd Ave
Rita Newberry will bring her wonderful hats for sale.
Because of the popularity of the Tea, prepaid reservations are required by April tbd.
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