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Library showcases Victorian dresses

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HARRISON — Visitors to MMCC’s Harrison library can view two Victorian-style dresses sewn by Ileen Metzger. The dresses, a formal dress and a maid’s costume, took Metzger a number of weeks to complete. Her love of the Victorian era and a desire to host a tea party where guests could dress in authentic-looking garments inspired her to create both pieces.

In addition to sewing, Metzger enjoys gardening and cooking.  Her husband, Tom Metzger, serves on MMCC’s Board of Trustees, which is how the college learned about the dresses. The library received and began publicly displaying the garments in early March.

“I just love the Victorian period. My house is decorated in the Victorian style, and I have been to several Victorian tea parties,” said Metzger. “I decided that it would be fun to host one of my own and to invite my own friends. Then, I decided that I’d better set about creating the outfits that my guests would wear.”

MMCC’s library welcomes local artists to submit their work for public display. As a community resource and public space, the library intends to promote local talent and art of all types. If you have an idea for an installation, please contact Ronnie Jankoviak at (989) 386-6617.


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