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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.

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