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About Us

Mission Statement

The Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University expands knowledge and appreciation of clothing for its artistic, cultural and historical importance and its essential role in society. As an integral component of the university, the FA&M endeavors to stimulate dynamic learning through research and instruction enriched by interactive educational programs, exhibits and publications in collaboration with faculty, students, the region and the greater global community while preserving and enhancing the collection.


The Fashion Archives & Museum (FA&M) is located in the Davis House at Shippensburg University. It features an expanded collections storage area and an airy exhibit gallery, and the existing floor plan allowed for the creation of a separate library to house the fashion reference collection. There is a meeting/reception area in addition to separate work and office spaces. The facility is also fully handicapped- accessible.


A Board of Directors helps define the Archives' goals and guide its operations, in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences and the part-time director, who administers the operation. One graduate assistant supports the director and work-study students and interns assist in a variety of tasks, including exhibit preparation and object cataloging. Community and campus volunteers, some of whom help facilitate the on-going project of cataloging, repairing and computerizing the Archives' costume and library holdings, also provide essential support. The staff and volunteers also assist the Board of Directors in its current project of generating a substantial endowment fund in cooperation with the Shippensburg University Foundation.

Board of Directors


  • President: Robin Howells-Dolbin
  • Vice-President: Barbara Bartos
  • Executive Secretary: Katie McGowan (’11)

Additional Members

  • Dora Addams—Embroiderer
  • Carolann Schmitt—Proprietress, Genteel Arts Academy, Gettysburg, PA
  • Dr. Briant Bohleke—Library Director and Archivist, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
  • Dr. Steven R. Burg—History Professor and Public History Expert; History/Philosophy Department Representative
  • Colleen Callahan—Costume and Textile Specialist
  • Joan M. Freeman—Community Representative
  • Elizabeth Graff—Embroiderer; Artist
  • Dean Knudsen—Curator, Bertrand at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
  • Benjamin Neely—Collections Manager, Adams County Historical Society
  • Dr. Vera Blinn Reber—Retired Shippensburg University History Professor
  • Paul Shevchuk—Museum Specialist, Museum Services, Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Dr. Frederick Stoner—Psychologist
  • Gary Willhide—Public Relations Expert; Former Head of Shippensburg University Public Relations
  • Renee Cooke—Retired teacher, Seamstress, Fiber Arts

Woman's electric green and black dress, ca. 1900. Fabric is a novelty open weave trimmed with black silk-satin ribbon ruching. (S2009-03-001 Rider)