New Online Archives Exhibit Will Celebrate the Holidays

Byline: Xiaomeng Li

Posted: December 12, 2010

Early this semester, the C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives in Wilson College's Hankey Center opened an online exhibition on Arts Day. The exhibit featured drawings and paintings by Wilson alumnae from the 1870s through the 1980s. Currently, another online exhibit titled "Thanksgiving Dinner at Wilson College, Menus from 1887-1921" is on view.

Amy Lucadamo, the Hankey Center Archivist, says that having a digital museum online is "pretty standard in archives for academia and non-profit organizations." Lucadamo thinks that the online exhibits expose the audience to a wider range of collections, "Also, we have many photographs and 2-D arts in the archives which are very easy to scan."

A Taste of Thanksgiving's Past

The current online exhibit of Wilson's Thanksgiving menus opened right before Thanksgiving. According to the introduction, this exhibit features menus from 1887-1921 and "explores the art, design, and tastes of Wilson's Thanksgiving tradition through World War I. Some menus, printed in Philadelphia, were embossed with delicately colored, whimsical designs. Others have patriotic motifs and contain messages of peace."

"I think this exhibit is very interesting and fun for the holiday. And I was impressed by the elaborate art on the menus," says Lucadamo.

Online Format Receives Positive Feedback

After the establishment of the online exhibits early this fall, Lucadamo received a lot of positive feedback: "Many people that couldn't come to Arts Day were happy to see the exhibited works online. People can access the Web site no matter where they are. It is quicker to put them online, while the physical exhibits take more work."

However, Lucadamo says that the next step for the Archives is to utilize and reorganize the physical space. But she will try to keep updating several online exhibits per year.

Interested in Viewing the Exhibits?

To view the online digital exhibits, visit the Hankey Center's website.

The C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives is located in the Hankey Center and opens Mon-Fri, 1:30-4:30pm or by appointment with Amy Lucadamo through email,, or call 717-264-2049.

Last Updated: September 25, 2011

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