By Zahra Huber

DEARBORN (WWJ) – The Henry Ford in Dearborn is offering a sneak peek at its newest exhibit through the latest internet craze, Mannequin Challenge, in which people freeze in place as a camera moves around them.

The exhibit “American Style and Spirit” takes a look at a Wisconsin family’s unique story preserved through their collection of clothing spanning 130 years. The garments provide not only a glimpse into the lives of the Roddis family, but also reveal stories of American life as well.

Curator Jeanine Miller calls it a rich experience: “Not only visually, but also kind of emotionally, because many of the stories that are told here, we can all relate to. We have a prom dress from 1932, and many of us remember going to the prom. And there are garments from the 1950s, when the family went on a lot of cruises and exotic vacations.”

Letters, photographs and heirloom objects bring to life the person behind each garment.

“I think it’s important for people to understand how unusual this is. I mean, we’re such a mobile society that often we don’t keep things relating to generations of our family. So it’s a rare collection because it is so many generations of one family,” Miller said.

The exhibit at the Henry Ford runs through April 2, 2017.

Learn more and get hours and directions at this link


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