2017-09-14 / Scene

Clothing that unites: ‘Uniformity’ exhibit opens at Castle Museum

SAGINAW – Over the years, the Castle Museum has collected a wide assortment of uniforms worn by area residents. From military and police, to baseball and band, and domestic to medic, they all tell a story that connects them to professions and organizations throughout Saginaw County.

A new exhibition, titled “Uniformity: Clothing That Unites,” on display now at the Castle Museum, offers the public a chance to see extraordinary clothing pieces up close from the museum’s textile collection.

“Typically, when someone thinks of uniforms their first thought is military

– in this exhibit there are only two military garments on display, and that is because we wanted to emphasize the other types of uniforms that are paramount in an individual’s daily life,” said Sandy Schwan, chief curator at the Castle Museum.

Visitors will be able to see unique clothing pieces such as an 1898 Spanish- American War uniform, a Bancroft doorman’s jacket and an early 2000s sports uniform.

Schwan explained, in several instances, people will be able to associate a name, observe a uniform and view a photograph of the person wearing the garment to interconnect that subject’s story.

“This exhibit showcases the diversity within our collection and highlights how a simple piece of clothing can promote comradery and solidarity,” Schwan explained.

“Uniformity” will be on display now through mid-January, 2018. Throughout the duration of this exhibit, any visitor in uniform will be provided free entry to the Castle Museum.

For more information about this exhibit and upcoming events, call 989- 752-2861 or visit www.castlemuseum.org.

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