Threaded Through History – extended date!

"Adelaide" by Jillian Gregory
“Adelaide” by Jillian Gregory. Illustration by Zoey Simpson.

A new exhibit at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum titled Threaded Through History opens on September 27, 2022 and has been extended through January 28, 2023.

The Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum is proud to present Threaded Through History as the 2022 fall/winter exhibition. The exhibit is designed as a historic fictional narrative related to the early 20th century outfits selected to be recreated. The inspiration for the exhibit stemmed from historic Harper’s Bazaar Magazine fashion plates and the desire to concentrate on this period of Tuscaloosa history that is generally glossed over in favor of other historic time periods. It is a pivotal time in an underrepresented period of technological advancement and modernization in which Tuscaloosa saw an immense amount of growth and change post-Civil War while still maintaining a sense of simplicity and tradition.

Costumes created by University of Alabama students, Marie Bonds, Jillian Gregory, and Joseph Musgrove under the direction of instructors, Cami Huebert and Tiffany Yeager, are exact replicas of outfits from 1905, some part of the textile collection at the Missouri Historical Society. The exhibit is centered at the Transportation Museum with several key outfits on display at the Gorgas House Museum and at the Paul W. Bryant Museum. Teasers for the exhibit are available at the Paul W. Bryant Museum and the Gorgas House Museum, leading visitors to the main exhibition at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum.

This exhibit is a collaborative project with the Missouri Historical Society, The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Gorgas House Museum, with significant artistic contributions by Ms. Zoey Simpson. Ms. Simpson is a UA alumna with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design/Textiles and Studio Art and has a master’s degree in Fashion Design from Kingston School of Art, London, UK.


Threaded Through History will run through the new date January 28, 2023.


This is a FREE exhibition!


The Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 – 4:39 and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (until further notice) and is located at 1901 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.