Quilts from the Civil War Era at The History Center

Quilts from the Civil War Era at The History CenterThe History Center is proud to announce that the second scheduled batch of historic quilts will be on display in April as the Tompkins County Quilters Guild continues with their project preserving gems from The History Center’s collection. The History Center will highlight quilts from the Civil War era throughout the month of April with an opening night on Friday April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of First Friday Gallery Nights.

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, Guild members do live conservation works on historic quilts in The History Center’s main gallery to help better preserve these treasured textiles. They take quilts from their current storage space, photograph them, and document their history. The quilts are then re-housed in archival storage boxes to help conserve them.

The Tompkins County Quilters Guild was founded in 1974 to “promote, encourage, stimulate, and support quilters and quilting in Tompkins County and to provide education and fellowship for the members.” In August 1976 they put on an extraordinary Bicentennial Finger Lakes Quilt Exhibit, the largest quilt show to that date in the nation, displaying 600 quilts from 14 Finger Lakes counties. It was attended by over 8,000 visitors from all over the country.

Other programs of the Guild include quilt raffles, annual participation in the Ithaca Festival, and exhibits. The most recent was a display in October 2011 at Tompkins Cortland Community College, including some from The History Center’s collection.

The History Center is delighted to partner with the Tompkins County Quilters Guild to highlight some of the oldest quilts from the collection.

For more information, contact The History Center at (607) 273-8284, ext. 0, or visit www.TheHistoryCenter.net.