Summer Whites: A Tradition (Special Exhibit at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House)

Westport Historical Society News Release

Contact: Alana Smith 
Wesport Historical Society
4000 Baltimore
Kansas City, Missouri, 64111
(816) 561-1821
(913) 231-6749



Summer Whites: A Tradition, a special exhibit on display now at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum 

White was the favorite and popular color for hot-weather dresses during the Victorian Era and at the turn of the century. Thin cotton lawn was the fabric of choice as it allowed the slightest breeze to pass through the entirely breathable, natural fabric.

Because the white color reflects a certain amount of the sun's rays, the material acts as a physical shade, or UV protection. The intricate lace, trims, white works, and tiny buttons make these garments beautiful to look at, and beautiful to wear.

The Summer Whites special collection is on exhibit through August 31 at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum.

Exhibit admission is free with house tour ticket purchase. Call (816) 561-1821 or (913) 231-6749 for more information about exhibit hours.

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