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

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FROM THE VICTORIAN ERA TO VICTORIA'S SECRET: NEW ALUMNAE MUSEUM EXHIBIT CHRONICLES HISTORy OF "LADIES AND LACE"

Allentown, PA (October 31, 2006) – The Cedar Crest College Alumnae Museum will showcase the evolution of women's undergarments from the 1850s to the present in its newest exhibit, "Ladies and Lace."  The exhibit opens on November 8, 2006 with a reception from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Museum, located in Curtis Hall.

The exhibit will highlight the functionality and even the fun of women's undergarments, nightwear and lingerie.  Visitors can expect to see corsets, hoopskirts and pantaloons – some dating as far back as the turn of the century – as well as examples of more contemporary unmentionables.  The museum's student intern and exhibit curator, Christa Hagan, delved into the College's massive collection of varied alumnae heirlooms and memorabilia to find the perfect pieces for the show. 

"This was such a fun and fascinating exhibit to create," says Hagan, a junior English major.  "You can really see the progression of how lingerie, in many ways, has liberated women."

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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