Gilding Northeast Ohio: Fashion & Fortune 1870–1900

Gilding Northeast Ohio: Fashion and Fortune 1870–1900 is on view June 08—October 13, 2024 in the Main Gallery. 

Gilding Northeast Ohio is a unique exhibition highlighting what made Ohio sparkle so bright in the Gilded Age. This project will showcase fashion from the permanent collections of the Massillon Museum and the Western Reserve Historical Society and loans from various regional museums.  The garments and objects in the show will tell the story of politicians, titans of industry, socialites, and the workers who helped gild Ohio. The Massillon Museum Main Gallery will be dramatically transformed to create an immersive experience.

Exciting exhibition features will include original costumes designed for the HBO series The Gilded Age.  

The exhibition is guest-curated by Brian Centrone, who has long partnered with the Massillon Museum.  Centrone is a fashion historian specializing in late nineteenth-century British and American menswear, twentieth-century American menswear, queer fashion, pop culture fashion, and Barbie and Ken fashion and history.  He co-curated the exhibition Gray Area: Authenticity, Value, and Subversion in Fashion at the 80 WSE Gallery, New York (2018) and guest curated the exhibition The Cunning Wrinkle of Newness: 19th Century Origins, Implications, and Adoptions of the Trouser Crease at the Harold L. Drimmer Library in Valhalla, New York (2022).

Traveling from out of town? Guests staying at Massillon's Hampton Inn during the exhibition receive a special rate by mentioning the word "Gilding" at the time of booking.  Visit for more information!

Braille booklets of all exhibition text are available inside the gallery, courtesy of Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Funded in large part by a Major Arts Enhancements and Exhibitions Grant facilitated by ArtsinStark and Visit Canton, the project includes collaboration between dozens of regional partners to highlight the time period on which the exhibition focuses. Throughout the summer and into fall, programming in the form of concerts, performances, lectures, themed dinners, complementary exhibitions, and more will occur.  A complete list of events will be published soon.  The opening reception will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9, and is free and open to the public.

Gilding Northeast Ohio – Reception

Join us for the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.! More information to come.

Afternoon Dress, 1882. Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio
Photographed by David Dingwell


Western Reserve Historical Society presents Fashion After Dark


Cleveland History Center

10825 East Boulevard

Cleveland, OH 44106


Fashion After Dark is presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio.  This exhibition simulates the atmosphere of an evening on Euclid Avenue with immersive lighting that simulates gaslight and early electricity. The Hay-McKinney Mansion (1911) is the only fully restored house of its kind open to the public in Cleveland. Within this exhibition, fashion and period rooms will work together to create a storybook atmosphere, transporting visitors back in time with scenes of dressing, dining, entertaining, and household service. In addition to luxurious interiors, the preserved servants’ spaces offer a look into working life “downstairs.”


Adults (ages 13-61) $15.00; Seniors (62+) – $13.00; Veterans - $12.00; College Student (with ID) - $10.00; Children (ages 3 - 12) - $8.00; Children 2 and under - Free; WRHS Members - Free; Active Military - Free                                                                                                                              

Image caption: Scarlet and gold silk satin and brocade gown, ca. 1883. Worn by Annie Otis Sanders (1855-1933). Gift of Harold T. Clark 46.812.  Collection of Western Reserve Historical Society 

Massillon Cemetery Walking Tour

Location:  Massillon Cemetery

1827 Erie Street South, Massillon, OH 44646

Stroll the curving lanes of Massillon's 178-year-old cemetery to learn its history and enjoy lovely markers and mausoleums. Among the people significant to the town and the nation who are buried there lived during the Gilded Age.

Time:  1:00pm

Cost:  $10 per person (pay at beginning of tour)

No reservations required

Photo caption:  Sculptural and architectural beauty abounds in Massillon Cemetery. (Photo by Margy Vogt)

Dear Old House: The Gilded Age of Spring Hill

Location:  Spring Hill Historic Home

1401 Spring Hill Ln. NE, Massillon, OH 44646

Spring Hill Historic Home will reflect the Gilded Age through a look at the lives of Arvine Chaffee Wales, his wife Eliza, and their eldest child, Helen Wales Skinner. Step back in time to the charming splendor of Spring Hill Farm which will be set to resemble this Gilded Age-period of our history. Special first-person interpretive tours will feature artifacts, documents, and garments displayed throughout the home. Three special events will allow guests to expand their knowledge and enjoyment of Gilded Age hospitality with a Parlor Concert, a Food History Class, and a Suffragette Tea. 

Gilded house tours are $10 for adults; $5 for students; and Free for children under 6.

Gilded Age Parlor Concert - $15 per guest

Gilded Age Food History Class - $15 per guest

Suffragette Tea - $15 per guest



“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”



Massillon Amphitheater–Duncan Plaza Massillon, Ohio 44646

Respected physician Dr. Henry Jekyll has long been fascinated by the duality of good and bad in a person. Through a potion of his own making, he is able to transform himself from Dr. Jekyll to the maniacal Mr. Edward Hyde. But he begins to lose his ability to put Hyde away and must decide what kind of man he’ll be.

Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rain dates: June 28–29, 2024

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE, but donations appreciated

Massillon Millionaires Row Tour

Location:  Historic Fourth Street & Five Oaks

210 Fourth Street, N.E., Massillon, OH, 44646

Stroll historic Fourth Street for two hours with Margy Vogt to learn about Massillon's Gilded Age leaders and their homes, then step inside the Five Oaks mansion to see Tiffany decor and extravagant woodwork with Massillon Heritage Foundation between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.

1:00pm - Walking Tour:  $10 per person for Fourth Street Tour

3:00pm - Five Oaks Tour:  $10 per person for Five Oaks Tour

No reservations required.

Participate in both tours or select just one; pay at beginning of each. 

Photo caption:  Five Oaks is the architectural centerpiece of historic Fourth Street among other Gilded Age mansions. (Photo by Margy Vogt)


Drawing from Life with Nick Lee

Adults and youths ages 15 and older are invited to join instructor Nick Lee for a Drawing from Life Workshop Series at the Massillon Museum on Saturday, June 29, from noon to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 30, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students will work in graphite, colored pencil, and art crayon to create works inspired by garments featured in Gilding Northeast Ohio: Fashion and Fortune 1870–1900. Students will draw mannequins wearing antique clothing from life on drawing paper. Students will be sent a supply list with items to bring or purchase prior to the first class date. The Museum will provide drawing paper and drawing clip boards to all students. 

$50/member and $55/nonmember. Supplies to be purchased separately by each student total approximately $50. Students are able to provide supplies they already own. Dry media must be approved by the Museum for use in gallery.

Register at or by calling 330-833-4061. 

Expressing Myself through Fashion with BeYoutiful Weirdo

Children in second grade or older are invited to join Ke'Aunte Harris as she leads an art and conversation workshop focused on building self-confidence! This workshop will connect with the themes of Gilding Northeast Ohio: Fashion and Fortune 1870–1900. Students will make printed shirts on cardstock using various art media. 

Free. Register at or by calling 330-833-4061.

Do the Mu—Paper Dolls with Kat Francis

Join the Massillon Museum on Saturday, August 3, for Do the Mu. Instructor Kat Francis will teach program participants how to make paper dolls in connection with Gilding Northeast Ohio: Fashion and Fortune 1870–1900. All ages and ability levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Free. No registration.

Soup at Six: McKinley’s New Creases


McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton OH 44708

Presented in collaboration with the Massillon Museum, this program will explore the social, cultural, and political attitudes toward the adoption of the men’s trousers crease in the late 19th century. In particular, Brian Centrone will discuss how President McKinley’s adoption of the style shifted fashion allegiance from the Prince of Wales to the US President, signaling America's rise as the new global superpower. 

Cost includes soup, bread, and dessert.  

Cost: $25

Pre-paid reservations by August 1 at or call  (330) 455-7043.

An Evening with Carrie Coon

Location: Massillon Museum

September 7, 2024

One-night, VIP ticketed event at Massillon Museum with special guest, actress Carrie Coon who plays Bertha Russell in HBO's The Gilded Age.

Saturday, September 7 • 7:00–9:00 pm

Meet & greet with actress Carrie Coon • Heavy hors d’oeuvres • Tour the exhibition
$60 ($50 MassMu member) • Proceeds benefit MassMu Building Endowment
Limited tickets on sale beginning July 15:

Canton Palace Theatre presents An Afternoon with Carrie Coon

Location: Canton Palace Theatre 605 Market Avenue N Canton, OH 44702

Canton Palace Theatre presents An Afternoon with Carrie Coon

Enjoy an episode of HBO's The Gilded Age on the big screen, followed by a Q&A with actress Carrie Coon and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone, moderated by the Massillon Museum's Gilding Northeast Ohio: Fashion and Fortune 1870–1900 guest curator, Brian Centrone.  

Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; program at 1:00 p.m.
Admission is free, but registration is required. Please register at

Gilded Age Silent Spectacular

Gilded Age Silent Spectacular

Location: Canton Palace Theatre 605 Market Avenue N Canton, OH 44702

Cost: $10/person and tickets can be purchased at or at the door 

Join us for the Gilded Age Silent Spectacular on Saturday, September 14, starting at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. This is special showing of the original silent Phantom of the Opera with organ accompaniment by Jay Spencer at the Canton Palace Theatre's Kilgen Organ.

McKinley's Inauguration Dinner Reprise



Bender's Tavern 137 Court Ave SW, Canton, 44702

This experience starts, appropriately, in a mansion built during the Gilded Age. It is where William McKinley, our 25th President, and his wife, Ida Saxton, resided. Many elements of the family residence are still intact. Today it is preserved as the National First Ladies Library & Museum. From 6:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m., tour two buildings and walk the grounds at your leisure. Exhibits will be set up in various areas. At 6:45 p.m., convene in the park garden, where you'll meet the staff and learn how this national treasure was saved and would become this one-of-a-kind organization. Museum staff will present a program connecting the Gilded Age our National First Ladies. A delicious dinner at historic Bender's Tavern will follow. The dinner will focus exclusively on the original menu from William McKinley's Inaugural Dinner. During dinner, you'll hear from guest speakers about Gilded Age themes associated with dining, etiquette, dress, menus, service, and more. For the Inaugural Dinner, our guest speakers will focus on William McKinley's presidential election and, specifically, the grand details of the Inaugural Ball, which took place in March 1897.

Registration and cost information will be announced at a later date.

Saxton-McKinley Open House

Saxton-McKinley Open House with exclusive viewing of Ida McKinley's inaugural ball gown

First Ladies National Historic Site - Home of National First Ladies Library & Museum
205 Market Ave S, Canton, OH 44702

Join us for a Gilded Age tour of the historic Saxton-McKinley House, childhood home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley on October 3, 2024. 

ONE NIGHT ONLY: View Ida's beautifully preserved inaugural ball gown, which will be on display at the home courtesy of the Ohio History Connection. You will also enjoy light refreshments at First Ladies Park at the First Ladies National Historic Site, as well as horse and carriage rides around south Market Avenue.

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

A Gilded Afternoon: Fairytales & Fashions

Sunday, September 29

Location:  Massillon Museum

A Gilded Afternoon: Fairytales & Fashions

2:30 pm Ballet • 3:00 pm Fashion History Panel

Free • Open to everyone • Register:

Tchaikovsky’s Jewels Variations from Act III of Sleeping Beauty performed by Canton Ballet to Canton Symphony Orchestra string quartet

Art Historian Dr. Elizabeth Block & Historian Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox

Moderators: Gilding Northeast Ohio Guest Curator Brian Centrone & Western Reserve Historical Society Curator of Costume & Textiles Patricia Edmonson