Contributed by Sedona Historical Society
Jordan Family Clothing - One Family's Closet
The "One Family's Closet" exhibit was held at the Sedona Heritage Museum from January 2013-May 2013. While the exhibit is no longer in place physically, it is represented here in a virtual format. The exhibit was a collaborative effort between Sally Jackson and the Sedona Heritage Museum. Sally is the granddaughter of Walter and Ruth Jordan. The museum is housed in the Jordans' original home and farm buildings in Sedona, Arizona. They lived there from 1930 until their passing (Walter-1987 and Ruth-1996).
"One Family's Closet" features nine focus areas representing clothing from 1912-1962. The display includes items that belonged to various members of one Arizona pioneer family. They include: Annie Bristow Jordan (Sally's great-grandmother), Ruth Woolf Jordan (her grandmother), Anne Jordan Jackson (her mother, and the Jordan's eldest daughter), Helen Jordan (her great-aunt), and other family members.
Fortunately, throughout the years, the Jordan family saved a number of sentimental and special clothing items, as well as many photographs. These items were available to the family children to touch, play with and examine (probably not the best caretaking advice!). In doing so, the children were also told the story behind the outfit, spurring their interest in the history of it. By hosting the exhibit, the family wanted to share some of that experience with you.
Before the exhibit was taken down, volunteer Kim M. Kapin photographed all of the items. These photos were donated to the Sedona Heritage Museum as an additional record of the exhibit and are also included on this virtual format.
The exhibit was one component of a project that also included textile preservation workshops, interpretative tours of the exhibit, preserving the information in the Arizona Memory Project at the Arizona State Library, and exhibit documentation for future research. Special educational tours for all ages took place as well at the Sedona Heritage Museum.
All of the items in the exhibit now belong to the Sedona Historical Society, with one exception that was on loan from the Tempe History Museum, Tempe, Arizona.
Sally is a member of Prescott Area Leadership (PAL). Their mission is to develop and inspire individuals to contribute to the vitality and leadership of central Yavapai County, Arizona. This project was part of her second year commitment to the PAL program. Sally is a fourth generation Arizonan from the Verde Valley, central Yavapai County and currently lives in Prescott, Arizona.