'Cradle to grave'

Victorian-era artifacts, including a baby carriage and a wedding dress, are pictured at the Pinal County Historical Society Museum.

FLORENCE — Imagine walking down Florence’s Main Street in the early 1900s to see women dressed up for a special night on the town. In honor of International Women’s Day, the Pinal County Historical Society Museum will celebrate womanhood with an exhibit of 19th and 20th century fashion.

The exhibit “Cradle to Grave: The Evolution of Women 1880s-1950s” begins March 8 for one day only and continues March 11-15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 715 S. Main St.

Explore how women’s clothing and accessories shaped the culture from the 1880s to the 1950s and how womanhood has evolved or remained the same.

Also, join the Florence Woman’s Club for a Ladies of Florence History Tea from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 8 at the clubhouse, 231 N. Willow St.

Come and learn about the club’s pioneering and historic journey in Florence since 1897. Members will be in period dress from the 1880s to 1950s, so wear your big hats or other period hats.

Admission for the special museum exhibit is $10 per adult and $5 for museum members. Call 520-868-4382 for more information.

Tickets for the tea are $10 and must be purchased by March 1. Seating is limited.

Call 520-868-8197 and leave your name and phone number for a return phone call with reservation details and confirmation.

PCHS Museum is a private, nonprofit history-themed museum that celebrates the people and cultures in Florence and in the surrounding towns in Pinal County from prehistoric times to the 1950s. The museum offers educational programming and events in addition to permanent and rotating displays to preserve the rich history in the region for 5,000 visitors annually.

The museum is open to the public five days a week from September through June. Learn more at facebook.com/pchsmuseum1 and pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is international and one of the oldest volunteer women’s organizations in the world with over 80,000 members in affiliated clubs nationally and worldwide.

The Florence Woman’s Club has been serving the community and beyond since 1897.

The clubhouse, dedicated in 1929, is the only example of Spanish colonial revival style in Florence and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Proceeds from the Ladies of Florence History Tea will go toward preservation and restoration of the clubhouse. Membership in the club is always welcomed.


Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.