IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE how it happens—the storyline where the heirlooms are somehow lost and end up outside the family’s circle. You think keepsakes couldn’t possibly be relegated to an estate or garage sale, but then an illness comes along, or a death changes everything. And suddenly—or gradually—those heirlooms become just things, that is, until they turn up on the Antiques Road Show, or in some fortunate museum’s collection. River Valley Pioneer Museum board member Paula Forrest came across a bit of Canadian history involving a prominent ranch family, and has bequeathed it to the museum—a beautiful champagne-gold, flapper-style wedding dress.
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