Here comes the… wedding gown exhibit

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AKRON – Visitors to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens during the summer get a fashionable look at bridal traditions in the late 19th and early 20th century.

A unique exhibit of historic wedding gowns from 1866 through 1946 enhances the rooms of the Manor House. Experience the romance of weddings throughout history during “Something Old: Wedding Gowns from 1866-1946″ on display June 3 through July 30.

The display introduces visitors to a more intimate side of history. A total of 12 gowns are on exhibit in the mansion. Four of the gowns are from Stan Hywet’s own collection and were worn by women in the Seiberling family.

Several other historic dresses are on loan from the University of Akron and the Summit County Historical Society.

Several rooms on the first floor of the Manor House are involved in the exhibition, including the Music Room, the Dining Room and the Round Room.

Interpretative signs help explain the history of each dress and the background of the woman who wore the gown on her wedding day.

Tours of Stan Hywet Hall are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free to Stan Hywet members.

There is no additional fee to enjoy the special exhibit.

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is located at 714 N. Portage Path in Akron. For more information call 330-836-5533.

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