Historical Society starting 2008 season

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By The Staff

The Henry County Historical Society will begin the 2008 season with perhaps its most ambitious program to date. An exciting evening of color, drama, fun and history will all come together with the presentation of "Derby Through the Decades," a showing of vintage clothing from the very first Derby in the 1880s through the year 2000.

This live runway show will feature the talents and vintage clothing of Barbara Ann Callahan, who has been collecting her priceless pieces for over 40 years. Ms. Callahan purchased many pieces in her years of living in New York and Washingto, D.C., and would even travel the world searching for just the right addition to the collection. Her groupings include hand made clothes, pieces from famous Kentuckians, movie stars, historic figures and world famous designer clothing. Barbara Ann purchased part of the Britt Ekland estate at Christies Auction in London and several dresses will be shown. Only a fraction of her 10,000 piece collection will be represented in the Historical Society event. "It is a rare treat to find something of this caliber and to also find someone who is willing to share so generously with the community," remarked Carla Gerding, program chair for the Society. "Barbara Ann has worked tirelessly to create the same type of program that she has presented for movie stars, Susan Komen Race for the Cure fundraiser, the Barnstable Derby Party and the Louisville Main Street Dickens Christmas event. She is doing this simply to support and enrich the community in which she lives and we are fortunate to have something this exciting happening right here."

The show involves more than 35 local "models" from the Historical Society and several professional friends of Barbara Ann who will present still cameos of the decade which each is portraying. A surprise guest will conclude the show and live period music will accompany each vignette. In keeping with the theme, in addition to the live show, Ms. Callahan is presenting a treasure of old Vogue magazine covers and a horse art show. Come and relive whatever year you may have attended the Kentucky Derby.

The program is the first of the year in an ongoing effort to engage our local community with programs of fun, interest and history. All are invited to attend the free event held at Eminence Christian Church at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21. Desert refreshments and coffee will be served after the show.