by TeAnna, Exhibits Intern
At least half of the enormous collection of clothing the WHC (Willamette Heritage Center) collections remains undated. If I chose not to use these items based solely off the fact that the information I need from these articles isn’t already known, then I’m eliminating half of what is available to me to exhibit. This also means I’m eliminating the stories, and historical significance these pieces have.
So rather than doing that, I decided I wanted to put in the extra effort to try and find the approximate ages and/or time frame. I didn’t want to risk overlooking an article of clothing that could have been key to a certain decade or told an interesting story I felt needed to be heard. Who am I to underrepresented certain people or decades just because there was a lack of information?