First ladies' gowns ail with age

Curator to pull dresses, assess extent of display damage

Posted: August 23, 2014 at 3:27 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS - 08/22/2014 - Brenda Parker, left, and Claudia Moran look at dresses on display at the Old State House Museum in the First Ladies of Arkansas inaugural gown collection August 22, 2014. The collection includes inaugural gowns representing 120 years of Arkansas History. Several of the gowns have show rapid deterioration and are in need of immediate conservation. The display will be closed for some time beginning September 8.

Inside a dimly lit glass case at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, the dress Louvenia Wallace Donaghey wore to her husband's inauguration as Arkansas' 22nd governor in 1909 stands alone.

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