Civil War Era Quilts from the Illinois State Museum
is on exhibit at the The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
From June 18-September 14, 2012
The gallery at 100 West Randolph, downtown, is open only Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, (closed state holidays.) The Gallery is free and wheelchair-accessible.
Quilt made in Jerseyville, Illinois
Curator Angela Goebel-Bain Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts has selected 18 quilts from the Illinois State Museum's extensive collection. Highlights:
- An album quilt made by a close neighbor of Abraham Lincoln and includes the names of Springfield women surrounding the Lincolns.
- A quilt that a wounded Civil War veteran helped his wife create after the war.
- A quilt made by a soldier's wife from Effingham whose son also volunteered when he came of age.
- Quilts made by mothers and sisters of soldiers
- A quilt made by a Jerseyville, Illinois, woman for her granddaughter in Tennessee, whose father was a Confederate officer
- Quilts representing the array of popular quilt styles of the Civil War period, including five outstanding appliqué quilts from a young Pennsylvania woman's dowry.
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