A Century of Early Quilts

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Event Date: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

A Century of Early Quilts

(West Chester) There will be a rare opportunity to see more than 50 historic quilts up close on Saturday, May 13.  Chester County Historical Society will hold an all-day program geared toward quilt enthusiasts and the general public alike.  This curated experience will include a guided exhibit tour of the 2nd rotation of Quilts: The Next Layer (reopens the beginning of May) and a detailed look at rare quilted artifacts from storage.  By popular request, a quilt turning will also allow participants to view twenty-four additional quilts one at a time. 

Some exhibit highlights include numerous recent acquisitions never exhibited before and an exquisite quilt top pieced in the 1830s by a Pennock family member of Primitive Hall, along with a few other favorites.  Among the treasures to be viewed behind the scenes will be a rare 18th-century quilted petticoat by Ann Marsh, one of the most prominent needlework teachers in colonial America.  

Museum staff and volunteers will also “turn” two dozen more quilts, revealing them one at a time to allow attendees the chance for close examination.  There will be plenty of opportunity to take photographs for personal use.  These 1800s quilts will be selected to feature an array of printed fabrics, and appliqué, piecing, and quilting techniques.  

To encourage dialogue, attendees may bring one quilt or up to three digital images for Show and Tell.  For planning purposes, please indicate in advance if you will be contributing to Show and Tell.

The program is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To ensure a quality experience, registration is required and limited to 30.  The cost, including a catered buffet lunch, is $60 for CCHS members and $70 non-members.  To register: rsvp@chestercohistorical.org or 610-692-4800 by May 3.  Street parking is free in West Chester on Saturday until 5:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this workshop will be used to have a professional photographer document the quilts in the CCHS permanent collection. 

Questions should be directed to eendslow@chestercohistorical.org.  


About the Chester County Historical Society

Chester County Historical Society is a not-for-profit educational institution whose mission is to promote an understanding of the history of Chester County and southeastern Pennsylvania by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting that history and its relationship to the region, and nation beyond, to audiences of all ages and interests. CCHS’s library has collected materials documenting the diversity of the county from the 1680s to the present. The library houses collections of printed volumes (25,000), and manuscripts (500,000) including letters, diaries and other personal papers, business and organizational records, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, audio-visual material and genealogical material related to the history of the county and surrounding area. For more information, call 610-692-4800 or visit ChesterCoHistorical.org.