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New ‘Treasures from the Attic’ exhibit unveiled at Cazenovia Public Library

— The Museum at the Cazenovia Public Library has unveiled a new exhibit: “Treasures from the Attic.” Displayed in the local history area, the exhibit features children’s clothing and toys from the museum attic.

Included are two christening gowns, worn by both Elizabeth Ten Eyck Litchfield (1841-1927) and her son, E. Cleveland Oakley (1864-1866). A beautiful child’s tea set (c.1850), also belonging to Elizabeth Ten Eyck, is displayed below the gowns.

Central to the exhibit is a child’s coat, dress and footwear that were worn by members of the Kiley family. Also showcased is a set of whimsical Alice in Wonderland porcelain figurines donated to the museum by Sarah Auchincloss.

The museum continues to accept donations relating to Cazenovia history, and plans have been made to display more of these treasured items in the future.

“Treasures from the Attic” was designed by Sharon Cooney, Pat Hill and Julia Smith Shotzberger. Karen Eldridge, of Isabella’s, allowed the designers to use her steaming equipment to very gently remove decades of wrinkles from the clothing.

For more information, call the library at 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

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