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Moments of Glory - Part 5

Black wedding dress from 1879.

Personal Milestones

People have mixed feelings about change. We are often pleasantly surprised to note changes in others, yet we are also inclined to happily announce when someone has avoided them.

Despite our ambivalence, major life changes are the focus of family and community ceremonies, which often are accompanied by giving certain types of gifts. If occupational awards are parts of our material biographies, then keepsakes of our personal lives must comprise significant parts of our autobiographies.

Retirement sticker.Although we tend to think of some of our customs as being age-old traditions, they do change. For example, this black wedding dress (right) was not particularly unusual when it was worn in 1879.

The occasion of a person's retirement is another widely-recognized rite of passage. This sticker (left) is just one of many ways this important occasion is celebrated.



Moments of Glory is an online exhibit developed by the Kansas Museum of History.

  1. Introduction
  2. Competition: Everybody Loves a Winner
  3. People Outstanding in Their Fields
  4. Social Approval: The Good, the Bad, and the Role Models
  5. Personal Milestones
  6. Brushes With Greatness
  7. Creativity: Following the Muse
  8. Collections

Contact us at kshs.kansasmuseum@ks.gov