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Collections and Exhibits

First Floor Galleries

Variable Star WPA Quilt Exhibit
June 10, 2017 - September 30, 2017

This summer will be an extra-special treat for quilt and textile fans - in addition to the Bloomin'/Blumen exhibit opening April 8 we are privileged to host once again the Variable Star Quilters as they salute the Works Progress Administration (WPA) quilt designs. Members of Variable Star are creating new quilts based on the venerable designs preserved by the WPA artists in the 1930s.

Meeting Room Gallery

May 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017

Don't miss our special exhibit in the Heritage Center Meeting Room, SUPER STARS, featuring a dazzling selection of star quilts from our permanent collection.

Fraktur Gallery

Flowers in Pennsylvania German Textiles and Folk Art

April 8, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Flowers hold a special place in Pennsylvania German arts, and are part of a decorative tradition that the Germanic settlers brought from their European homes. From naturalistic to fanciful, Pennsylvania Germans embellished their textiles, fraktur, furniture and other objects with bouquets of flowers bursting with color and the promise of spring and summer.

In Bloomin'/Blumen, we present a selection of objects from the permanent collection including our seldom-displayed embroidered wool quilts; the drawings of Sarah (Kriebel) Dresher; and large Berlin wool embroideries beloved of our 19th century Schwenkfelder women, to name a few of the highlights. These will be complemented by family photographs of gardens and gardeners submitted by Heritage Center friends.

Art Gallery

From the Potter's Hand
Through April 29, 2017

Red earthenware — known as "redware" — has been a celebrated aspect of Pennsylvania German decorative arts by historians, collectors, and museums and one of the most popular crafts to be revived in the 20th century. Though the artfully decorated redware presentation plates and special pieces made by some 18th and early 19th century potters are treasured and sought after, most redware was utilitarian and was the everyday baking and food preparation crockery that was a vital part of a Pennsylvania German household. This exhibit will feature redware from the Heritage Center collection, plus some special additions from private collections. Don't miss this exhibit!

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