Staff at the Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives in Napanee recently put the finishing touches on some new exhibits that celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Below are details about three exciting displays that were unveiled on February 21st.

The "Napanee at Confederation" exhibit highlights the 1860’s photographic collection of Stephen Benson. The exhibit reveals the everyday faces of the town, streetscapes and buildings in a unique portrait of the County Town.

The exhibit entitled "Crinolines and Confederation: Gigantic Gowns and Nationalism - 1856-1870" depicts how the greatest fashion leaders of the 1860s used the seductive power of nationalism to celebrate Confederation through one of the most spectacularly lavish, and strangest fashions of all time - the gigantic crinoline skirt. The collection is curated by Diane Gallinger of Jordan Heritage Resources.

Fast-forwarding 100 & 150 years, the "Hippie & Hipster" exhibit portrays what fashion was like in the 1960’s and what our youth are wearing currently. The 1960’s portion of the exhibit was curated by Gallinger, while the present-day ensembles were put together with the assistance of Starlet Boutique in Napanee.

For more information about each of the exhibits visit our On Exhibit page.