The 19th Amendment: A History of Women’s Rights at JMU

By Fiona Wirth JMU Libraries is pleased to present the sixth Dressing for Education exhibit collaboration between Special Collections and the JMU Historic Clothing Collection. This exhibit celebrates the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification and explores the civic engagement of women on campus through artifacts, manuscripts, and clothing. The 19th Amendment: A History of Women’s Rights at JMU is free and open to the public during all library hours in the historic west wing of Carrier Library now through Spring 2020. This exhibit was curated by Julia Merkel ‘92M and Pamela Schuelke Johnson ‘90M with the assistance of Madison Whitesell ‘17, Ashley Roth ‘17, Fiona Wirth ‘18, Matthew Perkins ‘18, and Renessa Rabenda ‘21. As a student assistant for Special Collections and Preservation, I was incredibly involved behind the scenes in the research, writing, and curation of this exhibit. My introduction to the exhibit process began in Summer 2017, a year after planning had already begun by previous assistants. While a basic outline had been organized and rudimentary background research formatted, I was tasked with perusing resources to configure the best examples with which to pursue our narrative. In researching the history of women’s civic engagement at Continue reading The 19th Amendment: A History of Women’s Rights at JMU

Celebrating Shakespeare – a JMU Tradition

by Julia Merkel William Shakespeare lived from 1564 until April 23, 1616. This April, Shakespeare’s legacy will be celebrated worldwide. James Madison University formally kicks-off honoring the Bard with a lecture on April 4th, along with exhibits in Carrier Library, Rose Library, and the Prism Gallery at Festival. If one is not able to see the Carrier Library exhibits, please visit the online exhibit instead! In preparing for the Carrier Library exhibits, English Graduate Student, Megan O’Neill and Art History Junior Madison Whitesell discovered that celebrating Shakespeare has a 100-year old tradition here in Harrisonburg and at JMU – or, the “Normal” as it was affectionately known back in the day. From May 25 – 26, 1916, the Harrisonburg and Madison communities came together for an all-out Shakespearean love-fest captured in “Brilliant Scenes at Pageant’s End,” a Daily News-Record article from May 27th touting Shakespeare’s 300th anniversary as a momentous two-day event with audience members from Harrisonburg, Rockingham and adjoining counties. Children from the Main Street School School star as a very young Queen Elizabeth, Robin Hood, and Foresters (JMU Special Collections Historic Photographs, #Stsk08) Faculty member, Miss Ruth Hudson, organized festivities on Thursday with school groups from Broadway, Waterman, and Continue reading Celebrating Shakespeare – a JMU Tradition