HERSTORY: A CELEBRATION OF STRONG WOMEN EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM

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Paducah, KY, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- “HERstory: A Celebration of Strong Women” exhibition is opening at The

National Quilt Museum Friday, Dec. 7th at 10 a.m. There will be an opening night event from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the museum which will include some hands on activities in addition to the exhibit.  Media is welcome to attend the event.  Museum CEO, Frank Bennett, and Museum Curator, Rachael Baar, will be available to the media. The “HERstory: A Celebration of Strong Women” exhibition is curated by Susanne Jones and celebrates women’s groundbreaking accomplishments from 1920, when women won the right to vote, to modern day. The exhibit consists of 107 quilts. Each quilt is an original design and measures 24 inches wide and 30 inches long.  Each quilt features a woman that has made a significant impact in the world. 

“I believe that museum visitors will thoroughly enjoy this exhibit showcasing the accomplishments of women through a variety of exquisite quilts. There are some surprising pieces of information found within the quilts, such as a quilt portraying Hedy Lamarr, a well-known actress who was less known for making a major impact on the invention of wifi, ” said Susanne Jones,

“HERstory: A Celebration of Strong Women” exhibit Curator.

The quilts display artistic arrangements of women from Henrietta Lacks, whose immortal cells have been used in medical research for decades, to Mother Teresa, who founded a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. The collection is featured in the book “HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women” by Schiffer Publishing. The book will be available to purchase in The National Quilt Museum’s bookstore.

“HERstory:  A Celebration of Strong Women” will be on exhibit at The National Quilt Museum through April 9, 2019.  For more information on the exhibit, please go to .  

 

Now in its 27 year, the National Quilt Museum is a quilt community advocacy organization.  Through exhibits, education programs, and preservation efforts, the museum brings the work of today’s quilters to new audiences worldwide.  The museum is a top destination for quilters and art enthusiasts, hosting visitors from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 foreign countries every year. Its rotating exhibits feature quilts from its own collection of more than 600 artifacts, as well as outstanding national and international touring collections. More than 120,000 people annually experience the museum’s in-facility and traveling exhibits. In addition to exhibiting the work of today’s quilter, the museum is committed to educational outreach, and its programs annually attract more than 4,000 young people and adults. Educational opportunities include the School Block Challenge, Quilt Camp, and the museum’s acclaimed hands-on program, The Creative Stitch, in which people of all ages with no previous experience learn to make a quilt block.   

 The National Quilt Museum has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years, making it one of the top tourist attractions in the world by visitor review. The museum made ’s “Top 25 Museums in the South” list in 2017 and it has been featured in , , , and the . www.quiltmuseum.org 

 

 

Frank Bennett
National Quilt Museum
270-442-8856
fbennett@quiltmuseum.org

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Globe Newswire: 17:34 GMT Thursday 6th December 2018

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