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"This Magic Moment" offers a peek at the many decades of that popular high school rite of passage --The Prom. The Prom exhibit will be in the gallery through Sunday, Jan. 26. Admission is free.

Prom dances into Library gallery


Girls of all ages will love the current gallery exhibit at the River Falls Public Library, said Library event and gallery coordinator Katie Chaffee. "This Magic Moment" offers a peek at the many decades of that popular high school rite of passage --The Prom. From the flapper dresses of the 1920s to the demure formals of the 1970s, with their high necklines and long sleeves, Chaffee said visitors will see how styles have changed over the years.


Many of the dresses were worn to dances at River Falls High School. Yearbook pictures depict royalty as well as raucous party-goers.

The Prom exhibit will be in the gallery through Sunday, Jan. 26. Admission is free.

Glittering jewels and tiaras, fancy handbags and shoes, bits of glitzy prom decor, and charming anecdotes about Prom night memories all add up to a lighthearted show that Katie Chaffee, library event and gallery coordinator, said is  will re-awaken memories of visitors’ own high school years, whether they went to Prom or not.

Since dance is the focus of the show, the library is also sponsoring a dance on Saturday, Jan. 18. Dubbed the "Snow Ball," Chaffee said it could just as well be called the "Do-over Prom," or the "Mom Prom."  “Grab the partner you went to Prom with, or should have gone to Prom with, or wish you'd gone to Prom with, and dance up a storm to the live music of the Bad Habits Brass band,” Chaffee said. 

Admission is free thanks to financial support from the Library Foundation. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. Dancing starts at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Chaffee said the library is hoping to also offer free basic dance lessons starting at 7 p.m. if an instructor can be found. 

For more information, contact Chaffee at 715 426-3496 or (Submitted photos)

Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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