Lance's Journal: NWU's Incredible Costume Library, Oct. 21, 2013


NWU Costume Library

With over 40,000 costumes in stock and an inventory that is ever increasing, we're sure we can help you find the perfect Halloween costume.

Nebraska Wesleyan University's Costume Library is one of the largest in the Midwest. The Costume Library is open for Halloween costume rentals now through Ocotober 31.

Rental rates:

  • Basic costume: $30
  • Basic costume with one accessory: $35
  • Basic costume with two accessories: $40

Discounted rate with NWU ID:

  • Basic costume: $20
  • Basic costume with one accessary: $25
  • Basic costume with two accessories: $30

The Costume Library is open weekdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. We will be closed October 18-22 for fall break.

Cash, check, credit or debit cards are accepted. A rental deposit is required. 

All costumes are to be returned by November 6.

The Costume Library is located in the Elder Memorial Theatre Center at 51st Street and Huntington Ave. For questions, call 402.465.2390.

Nebraska Wesleyan University has Phyllis and Henry Blanke to thank for having the foresight to start collecting costumes in the late 1950's.

The Blanke's were synonomous with the theatre department at Wesleyan and over the past half century the Wesleyan costume library has been aquiring thousands and thousands of costumes.

Julie Wilshusan has been the manager of the Nebraska Wesleyan Costume Library for the past 3 years, "At first the inventory was overwhelming."

And that's pretty understandable considering that there are costumes and props and costumes as far as the eye can see, "This is the midwest's largest repository of costumes. We have over 40,000 pieces."

That's right, 40,000 pieces! Julie says, "It is a fun place to be. It is where imagination happens."


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