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Telling story of America through vintage style show: Fashions set in conjunction with Medora Car Show

Press Photo by Linda Sailer Leslie Heck, left, models a Leluxe Clothing Co. flapper dress while Julia Anderson models an Edwardian dress Wednesday at the home of Dr. Patricia Anderson. They are standing in front of Dr. Anderson’s 1930 Model A Ford. The reproduction dresses, which are among Anderson’s collection, will be shown as part of the Medora Car Show at 7 p.m. Friday in the Medora Community Center.

A vintage style show will be featured during the Medora Car Show when it opens in Medora.

The style show will be held 7 p.m. Friday in the Medora Community Center’s Schafer Auditorium.

The style show will feature fashions, music and a narrative of history dating back to 1860.

“The intent of the show is to give people, particularly young people, another aspect of history related to the automobile,” show organizer Dr. Patricia Anderson said. “We will attempt to tie each fashion with a PowerPoint presentation of an era.”

The fashions are another example of the living, breathing people who were part of American history, she said.

“We love history and feel passionate about people learning to love history that isn’t in books,” Anderson said.

History is best learned when sitting in a vintage car, wearing an old dress or walking through the site of a battleground, she added.

“There’s nothing more American than the automobile,” she said. “One of my favorite stories is when Mr. Ford built the Model T, he said it was available in any color as long as you like black.”

When the Andersons purchased in a 1930 Model A Ford for their 30th anniversary, they became members of the Dakota Western Auto Club.

A majority of the fashions are from her private collection, as well as from the collections of Nancy Belland from New England and Teresa Wallace from Casper, Wyo.

“We’ve had people give me a hat here, a fur there,” she said. “The thing that most fascinated me was the people who save clothes and people who don’t.”

She referenced that the flapper dresses of the 1920s survived, while 1940’s clothing did not.

“The Hippies saved their clothes,” she said. “I had one woman who said she wore her outfit to Woodstock.”

In addition to the styles submitted to the show, there will be an element of surprise.

“I have a number of people who are coming in their vintage outfits and asked to walk in the show,” she said. “We decided, why not? One woman is coming from Minnesota as a 1950s re-enactor.”

Anderson and her family can’t wait for the Medora Car Show to begin.

“My husband loves kids and we are people who don’t care if they touch our car,” she said. “The kids come over and he gives them a 1930 penny.”

The style show is free, but freewill donations are welcome to cover expenses.