Step back in time and celebrate Ship’s 150th with a new exhibit at the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum (FA&M). The exhibit combines FA&M holdings and artifacts from the university’s archives collection housed in the Lehman Library. From dinks to band uniforms and varsity sweaters to bellbottoms, visitors will enjoy a detailed look of 150 years of fashion at Ship.
“SU alumni viewing the exhibit will find that their memories are brought back to life as they recognize uniforms and artifacts of their time here. At the same time, a broad array of objects and faces associated with Ship’s 150-year existence invites deeper thoughts about preserving tradition and heritage while moving confidently into the future with vision,” said Dr. Karin Bohleke, director of the Fashion Archives and Museum.
The exhibit officially opens during the university’s Homecoming celebration on October 22 and October 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On October 25 regularly scheduled visiting hours will resume. The last day to view the exhibit is Thursday, December 9.
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.
Masks and social distancing are required in the museum. The exhibit is open to groups of fewer than 15 people Monday through Thursday, noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call (717) 477-1239 or visit fashionarchives.org.