I read a book called Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker that told the story of Elizabeth Keckley. She was a freed slave who worked for Mrs. Lincoln. In the book, a quilt she made for the First Lady was discussed. It turns out that it is at a museum near here. I’d never heard of it. We went to visit it today.
The first thing to know is that the Keckley quilt is not on display. There was a picture of it in a book at the gift store. I showed it to the husband and pointed out the hexagons.
I said that they were like the hexagons I made sometimes when we watch TV. He didn’t seem to know what I was talking about even though I was doing it last night. Once he remembered he declared that I obviously belonged in some other century.
They have a large collection of Katherine Hepburn’s clothing. The only ones on display right now was a group of her nightgowns in the underwear display. Can you imagine someone wanting to display your underwear?
The collections change often. There is a permanent display of clothing from the 1700s to the early 20th century. There are not a lot of mannequins on display but the clothing on them changes often. They also have a great online catalogue (where some of these images come from) with information about the whole collection.