Illinois State University will have relics of the past displayed in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences over in Turner Hall.
The exhibit will be on display until Jan. 30.
The Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection (LJHCC) has several military uniforms on display for all to admire for the next few months.
The uniforms range from different eras of the United States’ history. The uniforms are from World War I, World War II and different wars up until the current conflicts that are still going on in the Middle East.
All the uniforms on display have been donated to the program. Some of the donations come from graduates of Illinois State University, like retired Lt. Col Frank Melchiorri (1980) who was a part of the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard during his career.
Another uniform on display was worn by one local Metamora woman. Emma Sommer graduated from St. Francis College of Nursing in 1932 and she decided to enter the service due to a desperate need for nurses from 1944 to 1945.
As every uniform has its own story about the one who wore it, the LJHCC has taken the extra step to have a small placard with some information about the owner.
This makes both the uniform and the bio on the prior service member an educational moment, just as senior intern Daisy Oregon expresses.
“Even if you aren’t interested in the military, maybe you can find the gallery informative,” she said.
The LJHCC aims to properly preserve the uniforms by taking great care, and the program also attempts to make the display seem like an actual museum by the way they present everything.
“We use standard mannequins to not stain the uniforms and we also try to be like an actual museum when we lay out all our displays,” Oregon said.
The event does have scheduled hours of operation, but will make some exceptions for certain occasion, including potential incoming students wanting to check it out or donors wanting to see the final product.
From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, the Boot Camp exhibition will open its doors for visitors, allowing more opportunity for the community to enjoy the display.