Antique Quilts: Film and Presentation

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Age Group: Adults

Program Details

A #WomenKnowStuffToo affiliated event

Title -- Hearts and Hands (1988) 1h 3m

Presenter -- Casie Vance, Ames History Museum Executive Director

Join us for a film that chronicles the lives of ordinary women as well as individuals such as Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Keckley, Frances Willard and Abigail Scott Duniway through the great 19th century events: industrialization, abolition, the Civil War, westward movement, temperance and suffrage. For nineteenth century women, quilts were the podium, the pulpit and the judges' gavel, which their society denied them. Their quilts speak the language of abolition, patriotism, politics, social justice and westward expansion.

Afterwards enjoy a presentation from Casie Vance, Executive Director for the Ames History Museum. Ames History Museum has a large quilt collection, and each quilt helps tell the unique story of its creator. View a few quilts from the collection and learn about why the quilts were created and the stories of the women who sewed them.

Click here for the upcoming event Quilting: Then & Now on March 28.

Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and the Ames History Museum. Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.

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