Changing Exhibits

Dress in Gallery

Kramer Gallery with dress courtesy of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives & Museum


March 30th -October 2018

Trends & Thread: Women, Family, and Society in 19th Century Samplers

Cover of Exhibit CatalogA sampler is an example showing the type of stitchery work a young girl could do. It was a place to record and practice embroidery motifs, stitches, and alphabets for future use.  In this look at samplers, we will not just explore needlework techniques, but take a look at the lives of the young women who made these objects.

Our exhibit will include school days, laundry days, and even death days.  Family history will play a role, as will culture and language, especially that of Cumberland County’s Pennsylvania German residents.  Photos will bring you face to face with some of these women – and we hope the exhibit will give a snapshot of the lives that once surrounded these treasured objects.

Purchase the exhibit catalogue here.

Exhibit visitors in Kramer Gallery

Exhibit Visitors in the Miller Gallery.

Making sampler patterns in Miller Gallery

Making sampler patterns in Miller Gallery

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