For a unique look at kids' apparel - plus adult afternoon and evening dresses, all from about 1912-1929 - a special event will be held at the Gatehouse Learning Center in Highland Mills on Sept. 18 from 2-4 p.m.
Outfits will be on display from the time period of F.F. Proctor, known as the Dean of Vaudeville. He was involved in show business for more than 50 years and owned about 50 theaters on the East Coast.
Proctor enjoyed his vast Highland Mills country estate, Proctoria, from its construction in 1912 - the year the Titanic sank - until his death in September, 1929, a few weeks before the stock market crash. The estate was later acquired by West Point, and all the buildings, except two small ones including the Gatehouse, were demolished.
The clothes are of the type that Proctor's guests might have worn, and they're accompanied by catalogues from Sears and Montgomery Ward showing middle-class clothes, household articles and other items from the era.
Exhibit items are on loan from the Warwick Historical Society and the Woodbury History Society collections for one day only.
The Gatehouse Learning Center is at 224 Smith Clove Road in Highland Mills, next to the Falkirk Golf Course. The Gatehouse was once the entrance to Proctor’s grand estate.
Go to woodburyhistoricalsociety.org for updates. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. All programs are free and open to the public.