Why Quilts Matter: Quilts Bring History Alive – EPISODE 2

Date: Time: 12:00 pm–12:45 pm
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
1523 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln NE 68583
Directions: 33rd and Holdrege streets
Contact: International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 402-472-6549, info@quiltstudy.org
We all wonder how people really thought, dressed, traveled, and behaved in generations past, and we need only to look to quilts to find out. Since quilts were made—not by artisans—but by ordinary women whose lives they closely reflect, they are fonts of information about the people and periods they represent. In this episode, we will explore the quilt’s unique ability to preserve, not only our own family histories, but the history of America beyond the reach of memory. Join host Shelly Zegart as she analyzes quilts from two centuries ago to the present, extracting information about everything from the state of transportation to the prevalence of smoking in their makers’ world.

Discussion leader: Jonathan Gregory

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