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Fashion review at Grover Museum

The train room at the Grover Museum is still a featured attraction for the Shelbyville landmark.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com

The Grover Museum offers patrons the opportunity to take a fashion walk through time in 2019.

The Jones Gallery is filled with fashion choices ranging from 1890 through the 1970s. Several colorful dresses were on display Friday during the local museum’s Open House that showed off two new exhibits as well as the remodeled Railroad Gallery.

Grover Museum director Alex Krach took time out of his hosting duties to discuss how an exhibit develops.

“What (assistant director) Sarah (Newkirk) and I do is sit down at the beginning of the year and assess out what historic things have happened in this year. Is this a milestone year for something?” explained Krach. “Then we try to narrow it down. So this isn’t a big year for X, Y or Z so maybe we have a little more freedom to do something we haven’t done before.”

Past exhibits that featured dresses of Shelbyville High School’s May Festival and a bridal dress exhibit inspired this year’s fashion revue.

“We have a vast collection of textiles and costumes,” said Krach, who hails from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. “We’ve never done a giant display with it. 

“We have clothes that go back to 1890 and our most recent are mid-1970s – almost 100 years of fashion is what we were looking at. And since we’re doing a timeline, as we developed the exhibit we will add more pieces to it which encourages people to come back and look at it. It’s not just a stagnant thing. It will progress as the year progresses.”

A new photography exhibit showcases photos from the history of Shelbyville with special emphasis on older photos of the downtown Public Square, which is in the headlines as a new redevelopment project is nearing that will alter the current look of the downtown area.

“We always look at what is going on in the county and we look to see if there is anything in our collection we can display to further that dialogue,” said Krach.

Patrons also can walk the Streets of Old Shelby display – a life-size reincarnation of early 1900s life in Shelby County. 

The Grover Museum, 52 W. Broadway St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge.