“Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War” Exhibition

The New-York Historical Society

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The New-York Historical Society will contribute to the nationwide conversation on the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War (1861-65) with the exhibition Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War. The exhibition offers a new perspective on the most divisive period in American history, reflecting the personal sacrifice, heroism, mourning, and reconciliation that changed the course of the nation.
Featuring approximately 130 objects, including textiles, clothing, artifacts, and images, Homefront & Battlefield examines how textiles were both an expression of and a motivating force behind American politics and culture. Organized by the American Textile History Museum, in Lowell, MA, where the show debuted in 2012, this presentation will feature additional significant artifacts from New-York Historical’s collection, curated by Margi Hofer, curator of decorative arts at the New-York Historical Society.
“Homefront & Battlefield will once again demonstrate New-York Historical’s signature initiative to frame history with art, telling the story of the Civil War era through abolitionists’ slogans on silk handkerchiefs, plantation owners’ deals with Rhode Island mills for rough wool to clothe slaves, and needlework stitched by patriotic women on both sides in support of the war effort,” said Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “We are so pleased to present this exhibition in New York and share highlights from our collection, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in a unique way.”



from April 04, 2014 to August 24, 2014
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