Pioneer museum presents 1880s fashion show, life stories

The McQuarrie Memorial Museum, owned and operated by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, date unspecified, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of the McQuarrie Memorial Museum, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Have you ever wondered about the fashion styles of the stalwart pioneer women who settled in Southern Utah?

The McQuarrie Memorial Museum, owned and operated by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, located at 145 N. 100 East in St. George, is hosting a fun fashion show and presentation Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Museum admission is free on this special day.

Elaine Young and Dixie Miller will share their talents in presenting the life stories of three women who lived in the “wild” mining town of Silver Reef.

In addition they will talk about fashions of the 1880s and give details on the construction of garments and about the types of fabrics that were available.

Fashions from the 1880s will be on display at the McQuarrie Memorial Museum,
Fashions from the 1880s will be on display on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the McQuarrie Memorial Museum, 145 N. 100 East in St. George | Photo courtesy of the McQuarrie Memorial Museum, St. George News

Maybe you think they only wore pioneer dresses, aprons and bonnets – if so, you will be surprised, according to a press release announcing this special event.

This unique experience provides an opportunity to learn about the lives of women who struggled to survive and create a better life for themselves and their families here in Southern Utah.

Saturday’s presentation is part of a new monthly program at the museum.

The third weekend of each month, from January through May, the museum will have a new and unique presentation highlighting different aspects of pioneer life. All are invited to attend these free events.

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers in Washington County own and maintain the McQuarrie Memorial Museum.  The museum is full of fascinating artifacts and photographs on display.

A list of the histories of early Washington County pioneers that have been collected, as well as a list of all artifacts and photos, is available at the museum and on its website.  The museum is also on FaceBook at DUP McQuarrie Memorial Museum.

Event details

  • What: Fashion Show of the 1880s.
  • Where: McQuarrie Memorial Museum, 145 N. 100 E., St. George.
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Cost: Free.
  • For more information visit the museum’s website here.

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