Family Fun Day – Apron Theme at Weyerhaeuser Museum

Wander around a craft or fabric store these days and it soon becomes apparent that aprons are enjoying a revival. Perhaps the frugality spawned by the Great Recession is responsible for the renewed popularity of aprons, or maybe they’re part of a cyclic fashion trend, but the functionality and varied styles of aprons make them practical and fun.

Aprons from past eras share this sense of practicality and fun. In honor of the latest apron revival, staff at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls, MN, have mounted an exhibit of aprons from the museum’s collections. The exhibit is called “Aprons: Body Armour or Bling” and will also feature aprons on loan from members and friends of the Morrison County Historical Society, which owns and operates the museum.

While the mention of aprons may bring to mind kitchen garments, aprons were used in a number of professions, from grocery clerk to lumberyard worker to ice cream server, examples of which are part of the exhibit. Work aprons often served as advertisement for a specific business, much like t-shirts do today. Along with colorful, full-length kitchen aprons, the exhibit also features a number of delicate decorative aprons that appear to have been more for show than work. Lacy white hostess aprons fall into this category.

The official opening of “Aprons: Body Armour or Bling” will coincide with Family Fun Day in Little Falls on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Museum hours that day are noon to 5:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to wear or bring their own aprons to the event, which is free and open to the public. The exhibit can also be viewed during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 320-632-4007.

Other attractions that are open for free that day are …

Lindbergh State Park, 12-5 p.m.

Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley, 12-5 p.m.

Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 12-5 p.m.

Minnesota Fishing Museum, 12-5 p.m.

Pine Grove Zoo, 1-3 p.m.

There are events scheduled at the following sites that have potential costs associated with them:

Linden Hill Historic Event Center, 12-5 p.m.

Rosenmeier Home (Little Falls CVB), 12-5 p.m.

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