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To Have and To Hold

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Exhibit opens Dec. 5, 2015 (9a.m.-5p.m.; last tour 4p.m.)
610 West Main Orange, TX 77630


Miriam Lutcher Stark, circa 1885, Marceau Studios (American, circa 1880 – 1925), photographer, gelatin on silver, OD.2013.21, The W.H. Stark House, Orange, Texas.

A new exhibition at The W.H. Stark House, To Have and To Hold, celebrates the classic love story of Miriam Lutcher and W.H. Stark. The Tower Room of the Stark House is used as the exhibit space, with an interactive area in the turret. The exhibition is the last stop on the regular tour, giving visitors an extraordinary experience in the historic setting.

This thematic exhibition explores weddings and anniversaries in the late 1800s and early 1900s using the experiences of the W.H. Stark family. From their December 1881 wedding to their 1931 golden anniversary party, the exhibition features rarely displayed objects from the Stark House collection and historic photographs and documents. Highlighted in the exhibition center is Miriam Lutcher Stark’s lace Wedding Dress. To Have and To Hold offers visitors a never-before-seen 360 degree view of this spectacular object.


On view from Saturday, December 5, 2015 through Saturday, March 5, 2016.


Exclusive members’ preview tours on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30 p.m. (maximum of eight members per tour). RSVP for a tour with Katie Truxillo, Membership Coordinator, at membership@starkculturalvenues.org or 409.221.6656 by November 30, 2015 at 5 p.m.









Wedding Dress, circa 1881, unknown maker, Irish lace with silk, cotton, net, and metal, 2012.1.5, The W.H. Stark House, Orange, Texas.