Sunday, April 06, 2008

Harriet Powers Bible Quilt at Air & Space Museum & YouTube

The Harriet Powers Bible Quilt is on display for one last week at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. The quilt is part of the Treasures of American History exhibition, which has been at the Air & Space since the American History Museum closed for renovations in 2005. The last day for the exhibit is Sunday, April 13. The Treasures exhibit includes 150 iconic symbols of the United States: Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat worn to the Ford's Theater that fateful night, the Ruby Red Shoes Judy Garland worn as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, the manacles worn by actor LaVar Burton in Roots, the lap desk Thomas Jefferson used to draft the Declaration of Independence, a jacket and pair of sun glasses worn by Ray Charles, and so much more! You might not be able to visit the Bible Quilt in person - hope you enjoy seeing the quilt via video - my very first YouTube video! It's less than 3 mins. Enjoy! Update! As of May 5, there are over 500 views of this video - WOW!


Unknown said...

Congrats on your video debut! Out of curiosity ... have you had the videocamera for a long time? or is it a recent addition to your repetoire?


Iya said...

What a milestone for you! That's exciting. Thanks for the chance to
see Mrs. Powers' quilt up close.

The video camera sounds great!

Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

Not bad for such a small camera.

Some interesting links. Thanks for those too!


Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Thanks for offering this unique opportunity to view this as I may never have a chance to see it for "real"... up close and personal.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I didn't mean to "send" my comment so quickly... also as odd as the proximity of the manacles were to AB's chair I felt that Kermit being alongside Edison's light bulb seemed strange, as well. Again, thanks, Kyra!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kyra,

Thanks so much for coming by my blog. I now what one of your books, the history of African American quilting. Maybe when we get our taxes back, I can "pay" myself for being a loyal tax payer with your book. Thank you also for the tour of the Smithsonian, what a treasure. It may be the closest I get to her quilts "in-person". I hope she knows how much her work is admired.

Iya said...

Thanks for the Coffee Messiah link. Just went over there. Interesting.

Kyra said...

Wayne, Mom - Thanks for the comments - Was fun putting the video of the museum visit together! Best, Kyra

Kyra said...

Mrs. Goodneedle - Kermit may seem strange in the same exhibit as the Bible Quilt - but it actually is quite cool! The Treasures exhibit has about 150 iconic items. I think its cool that a QUILT was indeed included! Best, Kyra

Kyra said...

Laney - Thanks for your comments. I've rec'd a few private emails in the last day saying folks were glad to "see" this great quilt that perhaps they would not ever see in person. Best, Kyra