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Cokato Museum exhibit, ‘That Kind of Itches,’ opens Tuesday
NOV. 26, 2012

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

COKATO, MN – Cokato Museum Assistant Johanna Ellison has dug into the museum’s closet to find itchy clothes from winters past for a new exhibit, “That Kind of Itches.”

The temporary exhibit that opens Tuesday, features winterwear – both from the museum’s collection and on loan – that may not have been the most comfortable to wear, but kept one warm.

Wool stockings and underwear, for example, can be found on the walls of the exhibit. “We’re not afraid of putting britches on display,” said Cokato Museum Director Mike Worcester.

What the museum believes to be the oldest item on display is a fur coat from the early 20th century, that undoubtedly is big and heavy.

Also on display are wool sweaters, that can make you itch just looking at them.

Long before Thinsulate, there were wool hunting pants and knitwear, including hats and scarves.

There is even a hat/scarf combination manufactured by Baltic Inspirations, made with 90 percent wool and 10 percent polyester in a common Estonian pattern.

Throughout the exhibit, visitors can take a trip down Cokato’s memory lane, with decorations once hung above the streets and the photos to match.

One picture of downtown Cokato Worcester described as “the quintessential mid-20th century small-town America Christmas photo.”

Also part of the exhibit are advertisements from the clothing and department stores in Cokato which advertised during the holiday season, such as The Big Store and Arlys’ Apparel.

In addition to the exhibit, the gallery will also be decorated for Christmas.

The display will run from Tuesday, Nov. 27 through the end of January.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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