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.

Facilities

The Fashion Archives & Museum (FA&M) is located in the Davis House at Shippensburg University. It features an expanded collections storage area, an airy exhibit gallery, and 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. There is ample dedicated parking in front of the building.

Organization & Governance

An Advisory Council 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, conserving and stabilizing, and computerizing the Archives’ costume and library holdings, also provide essential support. The staff and volunteers also assist the Advisory Council in its current project of generating a substantial endowment fund in cooperation with the Shippensburg University Foundation.

Governance

The Fashion Archives & Museum (FA&M) is located in the Davis House at Shippensburg University. It features an expanded collections storage area, an airy exhibit gallery, and 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. There is ample dedicated parking in front of the building.

Advisory Council

Ms. Dora Addams FA&M Volunteer

Dr. Briant Bohleke Archivist

Dr. Steven Burg Shippensburg University History Department Chair, Professor & Public History Expert

Ms. Colleen Callahan Costume and Textile Specialist

Mrs. Robin Dolbin President FA&M Advisory Council, Manager at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

Mrs. Joan Freeman Former President FA&M Board of Directors, Community Representative

Ms. Janeal Jaroh Owner, Time Traveler Trunks

Mr. Dean Knudsen Museum Curator at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Mr. Benjamin Neely Director at Adams County Historical Society

Dr. Vera Reber Shippensburg University Retired History Professor

Mr. Paul Shevchuk Museum Specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park

Dr. Frederick Stoner Retired Pyschologist at Wellspan, Meadowlands

Mr. Gary Willhide Public Relations Expert

Ms. Katie McGowan Museum Curator

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Laurie Carter Shippensburg University President

Dr. Tom Ormond Shippensburg University Provost

Dr. James Mike Shippensburg University Dean of Arts and Sciences

Ms. Cindy Yeiser Shippensburg University Foundation Director of Major Gifts