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Ozarks Romance at Historical Society

Ozarks Romance Exhibit
A parlor scene, including cake and wedding gifts, is part of the White River Valley Historical Society’s newest exhibit.

(FORSYTH, MO.) When did the tradition of a bride wearing white develop? What homespun remedy is a “sure cure” for a complexion problem? How can you be sure you dream of your future spouse? Answers to these questions and more are answered during the White River Valley Historical Society’s “Ozarks Romance” exhibit, where love is in the air through March 30.

The exhibit, created by members of the Society, gives visitors a look at marriage and courtship in the area, including folklore, chivarees, anniversaries, hope chests, and shotgun weddings. Vintage gowns and nightgowns are part of the display, as well as valentines from the 1930’s, albums, hope chest items, and a ‘parlor’ ready for the big day!

The White River Valley Historical Society is located at 297 Main Street, Forsyth, across from the Judicial Facility, with a museum, research library and bookstore/gift shop. Regular operating hours, weather permitting, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with no admission charge. The Historical Society’s website is The Society is also one of four entities involved in the upcoming Branson Centennial Museum, which will open on April 1.