WOMEN’SGym Suit ...
Teal is a popular color these days. Who knew it was also
a winner back in 1866? Louise Neubecker, Class
of 1866, of the University Female Institute found
out when she enrolled in the school for women,
which was administered by the University from 1857
to 1917. Back in Louise’s day, students received detailed instructions
on how to sew their gym suits before arriving at the Institute.
Louise’s suit remains in excellent form as Michelle Choe ’ 18
of the student fashion magazine Be Fashion demonstrates.
The crunch of green grass being contentedly chewed, the swish of a tail and a low-pitched moo. Those are all
comforting sounds the typical Bucknell student could enjoy in the 1920s through the 1960s. Long before the local
foods movement, students dining on campus sipped milk supplied by black-and-white Bucknell cows, denizens of
the University Farm.
While cows grazed on the green slopes across Route 15 next to the dairy operation, housed in what is now the Art
Barn, students used the facilities for practical study. Courses in bacteriology and sanitary science were among those
offered. In the 1920s, the biology department even held a summer course in sanitary milk control.
Today Special Collections/University Archives displays a Bucknell-embossed copper milk can and glass bottle once
used to contain this homegrown moo brew.
9BUCKNELL Dairy Farm
Containers from the