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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
NEW ALUMNAE MUSEUM EXHIBIT CHRONICLES EVOLUTION OF THE CEDAR CREST WOMAN

Allentown, PA (February 23, 2007) - The Cedar Crest College Alumnae Museum will examine the roots of today's Cedar Crest student in a new exhibit, "Ever Changing Reflections: The Evolution of the Cedar Crest Woman."  The exhibit opens on February 28, 2007 with a reception from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Museum, located in Curtis Hall.

The exhibit focuses on five decades that represent both defining periods in the College's history as well as critical periods in the history of American women.  To see the very beginning of the development of the Cedar Crest woman, the exhibit features artifacts from the 1870s, the decade in which the College was founded.  It also looks at the 1910s to see women just before they received the right to vote.   The 1950s highlights women just after World War II to see how they were viewed and also, how women at the College were encouraged to pursue either a life as a homemaker, or one in the workforce. The 1970s saw a female president at Cedar Crest for the first time and shows women just after the Civil Rights movement. Finally, the exhibit examines the Cedar Crest student in the 1990s, a period of much development at the College with a special look at depicts the presidency of Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney.

"This exhibit is important because so often, people are caught up in the now and don't take the opportunity to ask, 'how did we get here?' This show gives people the chance to take a step back look at what both the women before us and Cedar Crest College have done to bring us to where we are today," says Christa Hagan, one of the student interns of the exhibit.

The Alumnae Museum was founded to preserve the history of Cedar Crest College and to develop an appreciation of the history of women.  It includes five significant collections - costume, photographs, paper, furniture, jewelry and art - from which student interns create rotating exhibits every year.

The Alumnae Museum is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and is located in Curtis Hall.  For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

 

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