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This exhibit features one of Houston's most active and notable women's volunteer organizations, the Houston Junior Forum. The group began serving the community in 1946 by focusing on providing for the needs of the immigrant community in Houston's East End. HJF then expanded its projects to include the Community House Preschool, the Recreation Center for Older Adults, and the Senior Guidance Program/Directory.
This exhibit features an historic profile of HJF service and assembles 30 of the former HJF presidents' skirts created over the past six decades. Depending on the complexity and size of the design, completing a skirt can require months of work by up to 20 to 30 volunteers. The intricate beading and fabric applique result in skirts which often weigh more than 25 pounds.
In the spring each year, the presentation of the skirt is a festive moment eagerly awaited by the president and the membership.
On view through Jan. 18, 2014.