So many of today’s Contemporary Fiber Artists are following in the tradition of the makers of antique quilts by sharing their stories in their art. The Windham Textile & History Museum (WTHM) in Willimantic has just hung a special three month exhibit titled “Under Cover Stories: Quilts, Coverlets, and Fiber Fair” in which they share the stories of the quilts and quilt makers in the Museum’s collection, here is a small section of one of those quilts.
For the entire list and printable link of activities, presentations, and talks held from May 10 – July 28 – please check out: https://millmuseum.org
This weekend — May 17, 18, and 19 — there will be THREE great Museum Lyceum programs at the Mill Museum. Each will be held at the Museum’s restored, historic Kenton Hall on the second floor of the Jonathan Dugan Building. Parking either on Union Street, in the Museum’s parking lot at 411 Main Street, or (on Saturday and Sunday) in the Windham Mills parking lot across Main Street from the Museum.
Friday, May 17, at 1 p.m. : Under Cover Stories: The Social History of the Quilts and Bed Covers in the Museum’s Collection – The Museum’s Executive Director, Jamie Eves, kicks off this summer’s exhibit of quilts and other bed covers with a Museum Lyceum on the social and economic history of bed covers and women’s work at The Dugan Mill. No admission, but as usual we will put out a donation jar. (Admission to the exhibit “Under Cover Stories”, next door in the Bev York Exhibit Room, is $10 per person, $7 for seniors and students, and free to Museum members.)
Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m. – SAQA Artist Trunk Show: Susan Vassallo https://www.svartist.com – journeys to the Mill Museum in Willimantic, CT, for a Trunk show, and she will show some of her art will share her story of how and why she created it.
Sunday, May 19th: The World War I Diary of Dr. Jessie Weston Fischer – A Connecticut doctor feels called to serve the country during World War 1. Bev York reads excerpts of Jessie’s diary and Rick Spencer plays WW I music. 4 p.m. There is no admission fee, but as usual, we will put out a donation jar.
So do you have a quilt to share? Maybe it’s time to visit the Windham Textile & History Museum and share your story! See you there!
NOTE: The Windham Historical Society will be partnering with WTHM by displaying historic quilts from their collection at the Jillson House Museum, 627 Main Street, Willimantic, Connecticut 06226. Hours: Open Saturdays, 1-4pm. For inquiries on additional hours call 860-456-2316, or 860-456-1666.