Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Smithsonian Museum of American History - reopens, but no quilts?
The Smithsonian Museum of American History will reopen on Friday, November 21, 2008. According to the museum's website, the opening will provide "a new look at the almost 200-year-old Star-Spangled Banner and a rare chance to see the White House copy of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address..... Visitors will enter a dramatic five-story sky-lit atrium, surrounded by artifact displays filled with more than 400 objects showcasing the breadth and depth of the museum’s three million objects representing the cultural, social, technological and political history of the United States." You can follow the museum's reopening on its website and blog.
There are 400 quilts in the Smithsonian National Quilt Collection. It's my understanding that the old Textile Room, which showcased quilts in the museum's collection to the public, is NO LONGER THERE. Harriet Powers' "Bible Quilt" will be off public display. It's returned to rest in the Textile Storage Room. I hope to visit the museum this reopening weekend. What do you feel about the Smithsonian removing the public room that focused on display America's quilts? Do feel free to leave a comment here.