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For more than three decades, actress Ann Birk Kuper entertained audiences throughout the Chicagoland area on stage and over the radio airwaves. Her one-woman shows brought alive plays and readings as she wore costumes representing the many eras and cultures she portrayed.

Kuper’s extensive costume collection is now joining her vast collection of plays and readings at the Governors State University Library. Her daughter, Joanne Zimmerman of Homewood, and her son, Alan Kuper of Ohio, have donated costumes that once recreated Mary Todd Lincoln, Noel Coward heroines, Chinese princesses, and roaring twenties flappers.