Museum News (April 29, 2024)

By: Press Release
| Published 04/29/2024

Designer Sally Brandon (Phillipsburg) stands amidst the ten lovely ladies who modeled pieces from her Joy and Hope Collections at the Hansen Museum Fashion Show.

Celebrations abounded at the Hansen Museum last week. Friday, we celebrated Paul Grammon, the Museum’s long time Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor last official day of work. The party started with a luncheon and continued to the afternoon with a very well-attended come-and-go reception. Paul will be missed, and we wish him health and happiness as he says goodbye to forty-hour work weeks.

Sunday, the Museum hosted its first ever fashion show. Designer Sally Brandon shared pieces from her Joy and Hope Collections which have been featured on the catwalk during Kansas City’s Fashion Week for the past two fall seasons. Sally also shared her journey from the very beginning where she learned to weave during a 4-H exchange in Finland to current day as a designer developing her Spring Collection which she is calling Freedom. Inspirational hardly covers Sally’s true-life tale yet it is the most fitting adjective. Hard work and great passion for her work are very evident in Sally’s voyage into the world of high fashion, but there is also a divine element. Hearing how she met the right people who unbeknownst to her were in positions to open important doors and make connections at pivotal times in her journey seem to be more than coincidence.

Along with hearing about Sally’s exciting adventure into custom couture, ten lovely local ladies agreed to model pieces from her Joy and Hope Collections. In true fashion show form the Community Room was set up with a catwalk surrounded by chairs so attendees could get a front row view of each piece as the ladies elegantly sauntered past. Replete with photography, it felt as if Fashion Week was being held at the Hansen Museum. It was a lovely afternoon. Thank you, Sally, for sharing your story and a special thanks to the ten lovely models who stepped outside of their comfort zones to show Sally’s beautiful designs. You made a wonderful day extraordinary!

Continuing the Museum’s tradition of giving away a chain saw carving from Blair Smith at our annual spring event, this year’s winner was chosen by random selection via cake plates. The word “win” was printed on the bottom of a cake plate, so it was up to attendees to choose the right piece of cake. Esther Ko of Logan was the lucky winner choosing the best piece of cake on the table. Congratulations Esther!

See photos from these events on the Museum Facebook page. The Museum is open Mon. through Fri. 9-12 and 1-4; Sat. 9-12 & 1-5; Sun. and holidays 1-5. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. We are handicapped accessible, and admission is always free thanks to the generous support of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. For more information or if you have questions, please contact us at 785-689-4846. We hope to see you at the Museum!