Uncover the true history of Arkansas quilts

Historic Arkansas Museum - Wednesday, August 28, 2019

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” –Mark Twain

Myths about the history of quilting persist because they make great stories, and we want to believe them because they inspire us or reflect our core values and beliefs. For instance, were you told that quilting was invented by American colonists who pieced together scraps of threadbare clothing in order to survive harsh New England winters? Have you ever heard that finding cotton seeds in a quilt’s batting prove it was made by an enslaved person? Did you learn that pioneer women stitched their quilts near the light of the fireplace after a long day’s work?

Focusing on the quilts in our exhibit, “Not Your Grandma’s Quilt: The True History of Quilting in Early Arkansas” aims to separate quilt fact from quilt fiction. Led by Carey Voss, curator of exhibits, this free, informal talk will be on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 – 2:30 p.m., in Cabe Gallery.