Robbinsdale Historical Society Shows Off Historic Clothing Collection
The Robbinsdale Historical Society brought some never-before-displayed historical clothing out of their storage units to show off to the public in a fashion show on Saturday.
“History is what connects us to the past and brings younger people up to date on what Robbinsdale was like in the past. It’s a record of our important foundation,” said Kristi Gibson, from the Robbinsdale Historical Society.
Board members and volunteers couldn’t wear the historic artifacts for fear of damaging them, but they showed off the clothes and told more about them. Some of the items dates back to 1895.
Included in the show, a World War I uniform worn by E.J. Cooper, who would go on to serve as superintendent of Robbinsdale Schools and is the namesake of Cooper High School. A diving suit was also displayed that belonged to a Robbinsdale family who would commercially dive to clean up the bottom of Wirth Lake or to bring up boats that rested at the bottom of Lake Calhoun.
Artifacts like the clothing and other items are recently in the process of being inventoried and cataloged thanks to a Legacy Fund Grant.