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Vintage gown added to wedding exhibit at museum

July 15, 2014

By Annie Charnley Eveland, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Wash.

July 15--Add Kathy Morasch Logosz' dotted Swiss wedding gown to the "Tying the Knot: 120 Years of Walla Walla Weddings" exhibit.

The new addition came about after Kathy read the June 14 U-B article about Kirkman House Museum's current display and discovered it lacked a dress to represent the 1970s.

Carolyn Priest, Kirkman House Collections Committee chairwoman, said in the article they planned to have a gown per decade and one from every major religion. But the 1970s was inadvertently left off and a few faiths are missing.

The good news is Kathryn Ann and Don E. Logosz married here on June 23, 1974, at Christ Lutheran Church, so the exhibit will be more representational from a faith standpoint, too, as organizers hoped.

"We can't leave the '70s out of the display," Kathy said, and unpacked her gown.

The white floor-length garment features a jewel-ruffled neckline and translucent yoke over a scooped under-bodice, Venise lace-trimmed empire waist, long, full sheer sleeves gathered into wide cuffs and an A-line skirt with ruffled hem.

Her floor-length illusion veil and blusher cascaded from a Juliet headpiece.

Kathy and Don celebrated their 40th anniversary this year by staying at a historic hotel in Baker City.

She was born here and grew up in Athena until moving to Milton-Freewater where she and Don graduated in 1970 from McLoughlin High School.

They settled in Walla Walla 32 years ago and Kathy retired as a registered nurse. Don is employed by Charter Cable.

The Kirkman exhibit runs through Sept. 1. More than 30 wedding gowns, trousseaus and wedding artifacts are included along with video stations presenting stories of local weddings and wedding customs.


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