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  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Direct Media Inquiries to: Melissa Rogers MKR Marketing Group, LLC (817) 773-2788 mkrmarketinggroup@gmail.com The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame to Display Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections with Storytelling, Photography and Vintage FashionFort Worth, Texas (December 27, 2010) – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is premieringa traveling exhibit Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections that will be on displayJanuary 7 – April 3. This unique exhibit pairs powerful photography with real world stories andsentimental ties to the past in the form of over 100 vintage aprons.The exhibit, which was acquired from The Women’s Museum in Dallas, is told through the emotionalstories of more than three-dozen men and women who have unique memories about aprons and thepeople who wore them. The diverse contributors include a 111-year-old mother and her only child; aHolocaust survivor; a biology professor from Mali, Africa and a preteen and her grandmother. Theirstories explore the people behind the aprons and give life to the fabrics and the exhibit. Addingemphasis and history to these stories, the gallery space also features a variety of vintage aprons, hungon clotheslines in the exhibit.Prompted by project writer and apron curator EllynAnne Geisel, the contributors to Apron Chroniclesrecall the women in their lives who wore aprons and what they represented to their family; an eventwhen an apron was worn; recipes; values and traditions from gentler, less complicated times; the bondbetween parent and child; survival; friendship; opportunity; challenge; and modern perspective.Portraits in the exhibit were taken by award-winning photographer Kristina Loggia. Loggia’s portraitshave been described as preserving the storytellers images in an environmental style that complementsthe unadorned honesty of their recollections. Like the oral histories, the portraits strength is theirdirectness and lack of pretension. Apron Chronicles has been described as “one of the most nostalgic,thought-provoking and generational-friendly exhibitions currently touring America.” In addition, Loggia’sportrait of Ada Florence Ashford, which is included in the exhibit, recently won first prize in “The Best ofPhotojournalism 2005 (Magazine Portrait and Personality).”“So often we think of aprons as being gender-specific, yet if we look to history, we see that aprons crossgender and class lines,” said Diana Vela, director of exhibits and education. “You find aprons onchuckwagon cooks, on blacksmiths, and on carpenters to cite a few of the traditional male trades thatmade use of aprons. And - this apron exhibit certainly represents our Museum in that so many of thewomen we honor crossed so many class and gender barriers themselves – just like the apron itself.”As a complement to this exhibit, select restaurants in the Metroplex have donated aprons autographedby their chefs. On display and up for raffle, aprons from Lonesome Dove, Bonnell’s, Reata, Brownstone,Eddie V’s, Ellerbe and Grace have been donated to raise funds for the Museum’s education programs.The public will be able to purchase raffle tickets for $1 for a single entry; price breaks are available forentries over $20. The drawing for the aprons will be held on April 2 at the Museum. Additionally, theMuseum will offer a $1 discount off the price of admission for visitors who wear an apron to the exhibit. -more-
  2. 2. Page 2/ National Cowgirl Museum Apron ChroniclesAbout the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of FameThe National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whoselives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, andfosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. Open Tuesday throughSunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., admission is $10 for adults ages 13 and up and $8 for children ages 3 to12 and senior citizens. Group rates and docent tours are available. For more information please call(817) 336-4475 or (800) 476-FAME, or visit www.cowgirl.net.About The Women’s MuseumA Smithsonian affiliate The Women’s Museum is the nation’s only comprehensive women’s historymuseum that chronicles the lives of American women through interactive exhibits. The WomensMuseum is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The hours ofthis exhibition at The Women’s Museum are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. (closedMondays). For additional information, including hours, admission and location, please visitwww.thewomensmuseum.org. ###