The Apron Museum in Iuka, Mississippi, is the only museum in the world that focuses exclusively on aprons. The wonderful founders, Carolyn and Henry Terry, opened the museum in 2006 with about 700 aprons that they had collected over the years.
Ranging from the Civil War era to the present day, the apron collection shows the cultural history of the United States, from the delicate lace of the earlier aprons to the feed sack aprons of the depression. Intricate embroidery in the 1920’s and 1930’s was replaced by fun, cheeky slogans of the 1950’s, and the length inched up as dresses became shorter.
The collection is important not only historically, but also because aprons represent the kitchen, mothers, grandmothers, and home-cooked meals, any of which can strike a chord in nearly every visitor. Women’s and men’s aprons are on display in this unique and lovely little museum.