Bubbles & Beauty exhibit tracks techniques and technology used by housewives throughout history 

"Bubbles and Beauty: The History of Housewives"
Edmond Historical Society & Museum
431 S. Boulevard, Edmond
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays
340-0078, www.edmondhistory.org
Daily, ongoing

As long as there have been homes, there have been housewives.

Their role in the home has progressed as the years have gone by, and this evolution is explored in "Bubbles and Beauty: The History of Housewives," an exhibit that debuted last week at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum, 431 S. Boulevard in Edmond.

From the pioneer days to the housewife heyday in the post-WWII era, homemaking has seemingly always been one of the most underappreciated aspects of day-to-day life.

"It's the work of life," said exhibit director Nina Hager. "We hope people will discuss how much used to be put into the art of homemaking, and how much still is, despite all the innovations."

The exhibit tracks innovations in both techniques and technology that have changed the way housewives do everyday chores. Hager said the exhibit has allowed the museum to use a lot of these now-outdated appliances in an exciting and informative manner.

"We wanted to combine our home-life artifacts in a fresh, new way," she said. "It became a cool, refreshing exhibit that allows patrons to reminisce about older days with laundry and mothers, and prompts discussion about how different things are now."

The exhibit is on display through Sept. 30. A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. July 15 that includes food, drinks, lessons in housewife etiquette and a drawing for a free house cleaning.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 340-0078 or visit www.edmondhistory.org. "Joshua Boydston

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