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Frankie Welch’s Americana: Fashion, Scarves, and Politics, documents the life work of Welch, a native of Rome, Georgia from her days as a home economics teacher to managing her popular Virginia boutique and designing dresses for First Lady Betty Ford. The colorful display features an eclectic array of prints Welch designed for political campaigns and for companies like McDonald’s, nonprofits and colleges, including UGA.  The display was made possible with funding and support from the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and Law.

This exhibit is on display from January 21 to July 8, 2022 in the galleries at the UGA Special Collections Building. The galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with extended evening hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays this spring. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit

A digital version of the exhibit is available at

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