This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Commemorating 150-Year Anniversary Of The War, The National Quilt Museum Opens Exhibit Of Civil War Period Quilts

PADUCAH, Ky., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- From July 12 through October 8th, the National Quilt Museum will proudly exhibit "From the Pieces of a Nation: Civil War Period Quilts" ( http://www.quiltmuseum.org/current-exhibits.html). This uniquely historical exhibit features over 30 quilts that were made during the war years.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130723/PH51653-a) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130723/PH51653-b)  

Handmade quilts tell a story about their maker and the time in which they lived, and the quilts on display as part of the Civil War exhibit are no exception. The quilts date from several years before and after the war itself. Each one provides a window into one quilter's perspective and experience. Visitors to the museum will feel transported to a different time and place, yet still have a sense of familiarity; Civil War quilts are firmly within the American quilting tradition.

"It is our pleasure to share these remarkably preserved pieces of history. At a time when the nation was wracked by turmoil, the craft of quilting may have provided a simple comfort," explained Judy Schwender, National Quilt Museum Curator/Registrar. "These quilts showcase the variety of intricate designs and fabric choices available to quilters during the Civil War era."

The American Civil War was a time of epic struggle; the seeds of conflict were sewn in the first years of the nation's existence. Arguments about state versus federal power and the place of human slavery in a civilized society had reached a critical mass by the 1850s. Fort Sumter in South Carolina was the setting for the opening volleys of the war on April 12, 1861. Four years later, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The Reconstruction Period lasted for another 12 years after the last guns fell silent.

The human toll on both sides of the conflict was staggering. Combined casualties totaled over 600,000, or more than 2% of the population. Professor J. David Hacker of Binghamton University believes these figures may be an underestimate; he places the death toll closer to 750,000.

In spite of the national catastrophe pitting North against South and brother against brother, the routines of daily life continued—including the making of quilts. The juxtaposition is poetic, and the museum hopes that this exhibit puts a human, domestic face on a period of history that is most typically associated with death and dying.

1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG

Markets

DOW 17,596.35 -350.33 -1.95%
S&P 500 2,057.64 -43.85 -2.09%
NASDAQ 4,958.4680 -122.0370 -2.40%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs