When Quality Was Higher than Price: Martin's, Davidson's and Pelletier's featured the history of the three prominent local department stores. What began in the late 1800s as small dry good stores became local institutions as ready-to-wear clothing and manufactured goods grew in popularity. Because no other city in Iowa had larger department stores with a wider array of merchandise, the three stores made Sioux City a true regional destination.
Attire from each decade from the 1880s-1940s are showcased along with more than 250 rotating images. The exhibit was made possible with funding from the M.A. Martin Everist Foundation, a long-time supporter of the Sioux City Public Museum. The Sioux City Art Center offered a companion exhibit, From the Store Window to the Gallery: The Legacy of T.S. Martin.