Before the digital age and Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter, people expressed their likes and dislikes, interests and friendships through paper. The most eccentric way was through scrapbooking. Scrapbooking allowed people and organizations to collect the things that interested them or the memories they wanted to keep in one spot where they could look at them years later.
The new exhibit on the 6th floor of FHG Library showcases several unique scrapbooks held in Special Collections. They include individual West Chester student’s scrapbooks from the early 1900’s to 1940’s, as well as organizational scrapbooks. Each tells a different, yet interesting story that is only truly felt by paging through the books themselves. Interested in doing that? Set up an appointment to visit Special Collections on our website!
Scrapbooking today is seeing somewhat of a renaissance but with new methods of maintaining an old tradition. Crafters today can find stickers and stencils to highlight their nostalgic photographs; where scrapbookers traditionally stuck to pieces that were sentimental to them such as pieces of twine from a birthday package or crepe paper and dance cards from a memorable dance. However, their form Scrapbooks give a perspective into someone’s lives: what they valued, what inspired them, what moved them, etc. They are beautiful and intrinsically valuable time-capsules into someone’s life.
May 2015 is National Scrapbooking Month! Here’s hoping you enjoy this new exhibit as a celebration of this unique pastime.