The story of Bloomsburg State Normal School Alumna, Ruth Hutton Ancker, is quite a remarkable one. Graduating exactly 100 years ago in the class of 1918 with a teacher’s certificate, Ruth embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Her thirst for knowledge and strong work ethic allowed her to continue learning long after her academic career in Bloomsburg ended. After leaving the little town where she was born and raised, she would go on to lead a successful career in fashion design and illustration, travel across the globe, teach in higher education at a number of Universities around the country, and become a world renowned sculptor. Even though her career took her to faraway places to study fashion trends and exhibit her artwork, she never forgot her Alma mater.
The exhibit on display on the third floor of the Andruss Library features a display for each chapter of Hutton Ancker’s story, including her earliest works in fashion illustration, her innovative teaching methods in higher education, and her exhibitions as a sculptor. Each case includes a number of photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, official documents, and original works of art done by Hutton Ancker and her students. The exhibit will be on display until September 7th, 2018.
The University Archives periodically creates online or 'virtual' exhibits to highlight the Archives' collections and the history of Bloomsburg University.
The first such exhibit is Bloomsburg State Teachers College in 1959. This is a pictorial look at the campus of 40 years ago, complete with historical and current information on all campus areas that existed at that time.
The fourth exhibit is the 1919 War Hero Memorial Pinery, which examines the history of the World War I memorial located near Carver Hall, and provides biographical information on the 16 students who are remembered there.