Wild Child exhibit opens at museum

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Wellington County Museum and Archives’ (WCMA) groovy new exhibit is Wild Child, exploring fashions and fads in the 1960s and 70s through WCMA’s collection. 

Learn how space, war and hippie culture influenced household ephemera and the clothes we wore. Re-live the wild patterns and bold colurs in a time when the rules were changing.

“The idea for this exhibit came about when we were exploring our textile collection,” said curatorial assistant Lindsay Woelfle, who co-curated the exhibit with conservator Emily Benedict. 

“We were mesmerized by the variety of wild colours and patterns that we found in our collection.” 

Benedict added, “Once we started researching the 1960s and 1970s, we were surprised at how many life changing social events occurred in these two decades.

“In particular, Civil Rights, the Women’s movement, the Vietnam War, the Space Race and Woodstock, all played a role in shaping the world we live [in] today.”

The exhibit will open June 18 and run until May 2023.