Charity, Companionship & Comfort- A Historic Quilt Exhibit at the Seay Mansion
Exhibit Open Nov. 1, 2015 through January 30, 2016
“I looked again at the heap of quilts. An hour ago they had been patchwork, and nothing more. But now! The old woman’s words had wrought a transformation in the homely mass of calico and silk and worsted. Patchwork? Ah, no! It was memory, imagination, history, biography, joy, sorrow, philosophy, religion, romance, realism, life, love, and death; and over all, like a halo, the love of the artist for his work and the soul’s longing for earthly immortality.” - Eliza Calvert Hall
Quilts have long been more than scraps of fabric, They have been cover for the poor and the wealthy, Fundraisers for the community, A source of friendship and a place to gather, and the feeling of love wrapped around those who were lucky enough to receive them.
The Chisholm Trail Museum has nearly 40 historic quilts displayed in 5 rooms in the Seay Mansion, and in the meeting room in the museum. Due to the fragile nature of these quilts this will be a limited time only display so make plans to attend!
These Quilts have strong Oklahoma ties.
Genealogists will love the selection of local area friendship and fundraising quilts dating from 1900-1940's.
Textile historians will be enthralled by the fabrics dating as far back as 1840's.
Did you know the WPA actually had a program to help women make quilts in the depression? Let the children touch the fabrics and design their own quilt at the children's table.
Join us to see these cultural treasures on display in the Seay Mansion
Brown Bag Lunch and Learning Every Thursday at Noon (except Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, and New Year's Eve) featuring: “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” a 9 part series on Quilts and Quilt History
November 14, 2015 -1-3 pm Quilting with Kids-make a hand pieced 4 patch block
November 21, 2015 1pm Historic Quilts-A lecture on how the quilts at the museum are preserved and dated, Document Your Quilt Day - Bring your quilts antique and new and let us help you document them for generations to come!
January 16, 2016- Document your Quilt day- Let us help you document your quilt! Bring a quilt, antique or new and let us help you identify it for generations to come. So many old quilts lose their history along the way make sure yours is saved for quilt lovers of the future.
Crazy About Quilts- Create a crazy Quilt pincushion