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Avis Chitwood's dress

Avis Chitwood's dress
Date: between 1897 and 1900
This childhood dress of Avis Chitwood is made of brown and rust-colored silk. Chitwood grew up in Mound City, Kansas, and took an early interest in art. As she aged, she took classes in watercolor and china painting, etching, and architectural design. The works she produced were displayed in exhibitions and won awards and honors. One of her etchings was displayed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Chitwood gave this dress to her niece, Janice Gartrell, who donated it to the museum.

Child's Dress

Child's Dress
Date: 1888
Child's dress made of heavy blue fabric. Trimmed with fluted pleat ruffles and plaid shirring. Worn by Bertha Luzette Garman (1878-1974) in about 1888. She was born to George Wilson and Amanda Elizabeth (Zeigler) Garman in Bristol, Indiana. When she was three months old, the family homesteaded the Kill Creek area of Osborne County, where here farther worked as a carpenter. She and her sister attended the "Little Stoney" country school until high school, when they transferred to Osborne High School. In 1905 she married Ulysses George Hibbs.

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