Our Town Beatrice: Yesterday's Lady

BEATRICE, Neb. – Around Our Town Beatrice, Sue McLain is known as Yesterday's Lady.

It's not uncommon to see her walking around the supermarket in a vintage, 60-year-old dress.

McLain has a fascination with vintage clothing and she enjoys sharing her passion with the world.

A 130-year-old Victorian Style building provides the perfect setting for her vintage clothing museum.

"Welcome to the Schmuck building, are you ready to step back in time with Yesterday's Lady? Here we go!"

That's what you'll hear if you visit McLain at the Schmuck building, which Sue and her husband Mike have renovated every square inch of.

Yesterday's Lady includes a wide variety of artifacts, ranging from the 1840s through the 1970s.

The York native started collecting clothing about 30 years ago when she began to decorate her house.

"I bought a pair of high top boots, a dress, a dress form and a hat, and now I have over 2,000 pieces. It kind of exploded," Sue said.

Many of the items have been given to Sue.

"I don't have to purchase a lot of things, a lot of things are just given to me, I guess entrusted to me to share," Sue said.

With more than 2,000 items, Sue calls it Nebraska's largest private collection of vintage clothing.

"Down the hall, that leads to the vintage salon, we have several different dresses hanging here," Sue said.

"This is the vintage salon and this is where birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers and I have a little bit of everything in this room. But the favorites are my dresses."

And then there are the frocks that girls wore to prom and weddings.

"These are the types of dresses that my mother let me play in that really sparked my passion for dressing up in vintage clothes," Sue said.

Sue's guests learn about the fashions from the past and always leave with a greater appreciation for why we should treasure these artifacts.

"They open the door and just go 'wow' and they're just blown away, and it makes me feel good, it makes me feel like I'm doing my job, I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing."

As a speaker for Nebraska Humanities, Sue travels the state & the Midwest entertaining groups with a wide selection of fashion programs and shows. Do your group a favor and invite Sue to share her passion for fashion on the road or in her incredible museum.