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First Fridays: Dressed to Move and Impractical Sports

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Black and white lace-up boots from the Goldstein Museum

…it’s all fun and games!

Have a little fun with Archives and Special Collections for the 2022-2023 season of First Fridays. This year we investigate materials in the archives that are strictly recreational.

Presentations begin at noon. Light refreshments and appetizers will be available. ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events. Presentations resume in person this year, with the option to stream via Zoom. Please make a reservation if you plan to attend in person or online.

Black and white lace-up boots from the Goldstein MuseumDressed to Move: Women’s Activewear
Presented by Jean McElvain, Goldstein Museum of Design

During the 20th century, women increasingly participated in athletic games and recreational endeavors. Dr. Jean McElvain will show us how some of the Goldstein Museum of Design’s garments tie into the broader history of women’s active wear throughout the 20th century.

World War I illustration “Push-Ball in France” by Tyng showing soldiers playing a game with a large ball, marked with the YMCA logoWide World of Impractical Sports
Presented by Ryan Bean, Kautz Family YMCA Archives

While likely best known for creating basketball and volleyball the YMCA has a long tradition of sports innovation. This presentation explores the lighter side of wellness.

Event details

What: First Fridays, “Dressed to Move: Women’s Activewear” and “Wide World of Impractical Sports”
When: Friday, Nov. 4, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120 | Parking and directions

First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.


November 4
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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