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Webb's three gowns are among the displays at the
"It focuses on the history of the prom and the prom in
Visitors can view the dresses Webb -- then
"I remember going to the mall and looking in all the stores and trying on all the dresses," she said. "Back then it was so exciting."
A pink strapless dress she wore her junior year caught Webb's attention months before the dance, but was out of her family's budget. Unwilling to settle for less, she took on a part-time, after-school job and earned used the money to put the dress on layaway.
When the big night arrived, she went out to eat with a friend, then danced and made memories.
"It was more about hanging out with your friends and having a good time," she said.
Dresses in all shapes, styles and colors abound the museum, with accessories to match. A sign from a
Browsing through the displays reveals dresses from present, past and farther-past.
"People like seeing the evolution of the styles," Galbraith said.
You can glimpse a mid-90s-era sequin-adorned turquoise ensemble, then go back a couple decades to see yellow and aqua-blue dresses with a sleek, simple style popular in the 1960s.
The pair come from the closet of
"We had a wonderful time, and we got so grown-up in our formalwear," she said.
The junior class decorated the scene and prepared a meal, putting extra effort into creating perfect memories. But because many of the
"In a small
The title of oldest dress goes to one from
"It's a piece of history," said her granddaughter,
Bailey's great-uncle -- Beck's brother -- was away in the military as his sister approached her junior prom at
Beck wore the pink dress to the dance and made some great memories, then treasured it as a family heirloom.
"She cherished it," Bailey said. "She still had the original box that she got it in in the mail."
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