Sunday, December 12, 2010

History Woven Thru Thread

When most think of history, visons of mind-dulling lectures replete with books so big and boring they make reading the dictionary seem like a day at the water park.

Fortunately, the Concord Museum in Concord, MA outside Boston can give you that history lesson without the sleeping pills. If the opportunity to indulge in history and view rare works of art sounds like the type of thing that you want the kids or even yourself to experience, the Concord Museum is where you want to be anytime between now and March 27th, 2011.

But what exactly will you enjoy when you get tot he Concord Museum?

We could tell you about the well-used cradle quilt passed down in the family of a patriot of the American Revolution or the large quilt commemorating the 1975 Bicentennial of that war. We could tell you about that, but then you'd miss out on all this:

  •  A signature quilt made for Rebecca Brooks and Joseph Allen Smith on the occasion of their Concord wedding in 1849, made up of 96 squares signed by friends and family, each “a little scrap for recollection’s sake.” Like most of the quilts at the Concord Museum, this quilt was passed down in the family and in the 1960s—an era of renewed interest in quilting and women’s work—was donated to the Concord Museum.
  • A quilt from the collection of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, attributed to Abigail (Abba) May Alcott, mother of the famed author of Little Women.
  • A quilt featuring an early example of the “Pieced Pineapple” pattern in vivid colors of “turkey red,” “cheddar” and “poison green”.
  • A friendship quilt made for Margaret Wyer Locke that is the earliest-known example to date constructed using quilt-as-you-go techniques.
  • A crazy quilt celebrating the work of 19th-century children’s book illustrator Randolph Caldecott 
Getting to the Concord Museum is easy. Open your Museums In Boston Android app. Select List History, Concord Museum. Click the address and Google Navigation will automatically kick off sending you on your way.

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