The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with the help of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum (FA&M). An entire exhibit, featuring suffragist clothing from FA&M, is now on display in the Capitol Rotunda to honor the women who worked tirelessly in support of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

“Many museums rely on the extensive holdings of the Fashion Archives and Museum for their costume exhibits, and it is an important venue for increasing awareness of the collection and of our unique offerings. I am particularly happy to assist the archivists of the House of Representatives with this women’s suffrage display because several of them are Ship alumni who have had experience and training in the Fashion Archives,” Dr. Karin Bohleke, director of FA&M said. 

The exhibit is on display through the end of October.

The Fashion Archives and Museum is uniquely comprised of a 15,000-item collection of mostly clothing donations dating back from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The clothes worn by men, women and children assist in expanding the knowledge and understanding of the cultural value as well as the artistic and historical importance. The Fashion Archives and Museum collaborates with faculty and students by providing a dynamic learning environment with hands-on opportunities for students all while letting the public simultaneously enjoy it.