Hartford CT 06105
October 11, 2019 – May 16, 2020
A new exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society, “Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts,” features 37 extremely rare quilts from the CHS’s collection of 150 quilts, made as far back as the mid-1700s and as recently as 1976. They were selected as the best examples that illustrate the history, culture, and craft of quilt-making in Connecticut.
Handicap accessible; The handicap entrance is through the Auditorium Lobby, which is located to the left of the main entrance. To use this entrance please ring the bell to the right of the Auditorium door or call the front desk to notify staff that you will be using this entrance.
Once inside the building, there is a small lift and elevator for access to the exhibit spaces. A handicap accessible restroom is located on the first floor. CHS also offers ASL services for the deaf.
Parking: There is ample free parking available. Bus parking is available behind the building, in the Asylum Street lot.
Food: Food and drinks are not allowed in the museum galleries or in the Waterman Research Center. However, you are welcome to picnic on our extensive grounds, and several picnic tables are provided. Visitors are also welcome to eat at the tables in the Veeder Living Room or the Auditorium Lobby, when not in use. There are many restaurants located within a short drive of the CHS.
The exhibit was guest-curated by Lynne Zacek Bassett, an award-winning freelance curator specializing in historic costume and textiles. She is associate fellow of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a 30-year member of the American Quilt Study Group.
Visitors will have the chance to touch and examine modern samples quilted with some of the techniques highlighted throughout the exhibit, thanks to contributions by volunteer members of the Greater Hartford Quilt Guild.