This exhibition will immerse visitors in the rich history of quilts, coverlets, and fabric from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. This exhibition journeys through the fascinating world of textiles, with a particular focus on the evolution of coverlets and quilts before, during, and after the American Civil War. We will explore how this period influenced the textile industry, from the challenges of sourcing raw materials from the South for production in the North, to the prosperity brought by the manufacturing boom.
As visitors conclude their journey through time, they will leave with a deep appreciation for the intricate world of quilts, coverlets, and fabric during the 1850-1950 period. This show will highlight craftsmanship and artistry of the textile industry but also the resilience of the Northern states during the Civil War and their subsequent economic prosperity. This exhibition illuminates the transition of quilts from functional pieces to works of art and historical documentation, showcasing the enduring significance of these textiles in our ever-changing world.
This exhibition is made possible by funds provided by the Waldo T. Ross & Ruth S. Ross Charitable Trust, the Leo Cox Beach Philanthropic Foundation, and the Touba Family Foundation.