This year, Shippensburg University celebrates its 150th anniversary, and the Fashion Archives & Museum will open a companion exhibit. “Remember, Celebrate, Thrive: 150 Years of Fashion at Shippensburg University” will open to the general public on Friday, October 22, in conjunction with Homecoming. To kick off the exhibit, the FA&M will be open for special additional hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 22 and 23.
“The Fashion Archives & Museum” houses many historic textiles and garments associated with the university’s history,” explains FA&M director Dr. Karin J. Bohleke. “Returning alumni, faculty, and staff might see a uniform or banner dating to their time on campus. Visitors from the general public will greatly enjoy seeing the historic fashions sported by athletes, students, professors, and staff and may recall similar styles from their own universities.” The oldest surviving graduation dress, from the class 1896, will be on display, as well as the historic gym uniforms women were required to wear that featured large black bloomers and wool shirts.
Regular operating hours will resume as of Monday, October 25. Thursday, December 9, is the last day the exhibit is open to the general public. In accordance with university policy as of August 18, masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.