Feb. 26, 2007

Cokato museum puts on the glitz

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

“Puttin’ on the Glitz,” is the new feature display at the Cokato Museum, and it is sure to brighten any woman’s day.

Although women will enjoy seeing more accessories, the display also gives a glimpse into the past for men as well, by including men’s accessories.

Accessories on exhibit include purses, hat pins, broaches, cuff clinks, pocket watches and more.

This is the museum’s first jewelry-related display, in which the museum also had the opportunity to display stored items that it normally wouldn’t have room for, according to Museum Director Mike Worcester.

Colleen Nelson was the driving force behind this glamorous display, along with Mary Claire Kraus, Ruth Christenson, Audrey Tack, and Mike Worcester.

The exhibit features items loaned to the museum by individuals of the community as well as items already donated.

“We greatly appreciate their willingness to share their belongings,” said Worcester.

Jewelry from local jewelers are also featured including items from Setterberg Jewelers, Win Brand Jewelry, and Engstroms.

The exhibit also gives the museum a chance to display items from its own collection including dresses, handbags, and jewelry.

“These are heirlooms from our past, and will become the heirlooms of our future,” Nelson said.

Some of the purses on display were only used to accessorize women’s outfits and were not designed to hold items, according to Worcester.

Also, there are two men’s Victorian watch fobs in the display that are made of braided human hair, possibly from a wife or girlfriend, according to Nelson.

“Those are very interesting,” she said.

Jewelry is dated from the mid-1800s to the present, which allows a person to see the progression of materials used to make jewelry, according to Nelson. For example, some of the early jewelry was made with plastic or celluloid used in making the jewelry.

There are queen’s and princess’ crowns on display, along with the photos of past Cokato royalty.

“The neatest part was going back into storage and digging out what I didn’t even know we had and being able to display it,” Nelson said.

Another highlight is the early 1900 wedding outfits from the museum’s collection that are displayed on manikins adorned with jewels.

Through the display, a person can see items that are making a comeback in this day and age, including long, elaborate necklaces, broaches, and clutch purses. Other items are rarely seen including cigarette holders and metal compacts.

Items also unique to the collection are FFA pins and pins and rings from Order of the Eastern Star and the Fraternal Order of the Masons.

Puttin’ on the Glitz

“Puttin’ on the Glitz” jewelry and accessory exhibit will be on display until Wednesday, April 28 at the Cokato Museum.

Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

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