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Costume Museum a partner in Discovery Center's "Forces" exhibit

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The woman's bicycling outfit and the man's swim suit, c. 1900, are from the Historic Costume and Textile collection. Both are made of wool.

The linen prairie bonnet shaded the wearer's face and neck. The cotton dress, c. 1850, was a gift from Louise Hattery Harden, '26. Her grandmother, Almira Inman Beath wore it.

An exhibition entitled “Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University” at The Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan is the result of an 18-month collaboration by six organizations, including the Historic Costume and Textile Museum in the College of Human Ecology and the Morse Department of Special Collections at the K-State Libraries.

“Forces” follows ideas, events and issues that influenced the military post, a town and a university from about 1863 to World War I.

"Riley County and Manhattan should be proud of this exhibit," said Marla Day, curator of the costume museum and one of the key creators of  "Forces." "The content is amazing. I'd compare it and presentation of the stories to exhibits at any other institution."

The exhibit runs through Jan. 13, 2013. Discovery center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Other partners in the collaboration are the Environmental Division, DPW, Fort Riley; U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley; Riley County Historical Museum and the Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S. Third St.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

Photography by University photographer David Mayes

This article was posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, and is filed under College News, Costume and Textile Museum, Interior Design and Fashion Studies.