FREMONT – Patterns from the Past: Quilts of Northern Ohio is the latest exhibit created by staff of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Organized by Curator of Manuscripts Nan Card, the exhibit includes 30 quilts made between 1846 and 1912 by women of Northern Ohio.
The exhibit, made possible through sponsorship by the Kate Doust Family, which will run through Jan. 4, 2009. – allows ample opportunity for it to be appreciated by the general public and quilters from around the nation visiting Ohio for two major quilting events: the American Quilting Association Quilt Show and the American Quilt Study Group annual seminar.
In the 19th century, Ohio was the nation’s frontier. It was the first state formed from the Northwest Territory and with the navigable waterways of Lake Erie to the north and the Ohio River to the south truly became the “Gateway to the West.” Ohio’s population became a patchwork of people. Its new residents poured in from states located along the eastern seaboard, Deep South and mid-Atlantic. They brought with them a myriad of regional customs and ethnic traditions. That rich legacy is readily visible in the variety of quilting styles, patterns and influences on the quilts exhibited in Patterns from the Past: Quilts of Northern Ohio.
Among the quilts included in Patterns from the Past: Quilts of Northern Ohio are an 1879 Feathered Star quilt from Putnam County, an 1852 Laurel Leaf quilt from Hancock County, and one made entirely of cigarette silks. Many of the quilts are accompanied by the stories of the individuals who created them and, in some cases, photographs of the quilt makers.
Due to space requirements of displaying the quilts to their full advantage, the exhibit encompasses both the Hayes Museum and Hayes Home. A combination ticket price of $10.50/adult, $9.50/senior citizens, and $4/children 6-12 gains entry to view all 30 quilts. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday and federal holidays. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day.
To complement exhibition of Patterns from the Past: Quilts of Northern Ohio, the Hayes Presidential Center hosts a series of free quilt-related lectures. Dates and topics are Aug. 3 – “A Modern Twist on Old Quilt Blocks”; Sept. 14 – “Uncovering Your Quilt’s History”; and Oct. 26 – “Antique Sewing Tools.” All lectures begin at 2 p.m.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society. For more information call 419-332-2081 (in Fremont) or 800-998-PRES (out of town). The Hayes Presidential Center website www.rbhayes.org also has updates concerning events.