The title “Gunboat Quilt Going Traveling” sounds like a song but our Gunboat Quilt, one of the showpieces in our collection is absolutely going traveling! We are very excited about it so let me tell you who, what, when, where, why and HOW.
Who? The American Textile History Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts
What? A traveling exhibition
Where? Four venues: ATHM in Lowell Mass (April-August 2012)
Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Mass (October-April 2013)
Winterthur Museum in Wilmington Delaware (June-October 2013)
Atlanta History Center (Spring-Summer 2014)
Why? To celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States – I quote them by saying:”Our goal is to encourage visitors to view the war not in isolation or through stereotypes and simplifications, not simply as a litany of battles and generals, but within the context of American History.”
How? Very carefully, we are going to wrap and mail our wonderful Quilt to these venues so that the story of the War Between the States and the story of the First White House of the Confederacy can be told and retold!