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.

KecleyQuiltI 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?


201012151-2   Of course I don’t have nightwear this stylish but if anyone ever wants my fleece Scotty dog nightshirt they are welcome to it.




19830011366  There was a display of fans. That was amazing.  They also had a display on liturgical vestments and a large sections on examples of resist dyeing like shibori and batik.


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.

3 Replies to “Kent State University Museum”

  1. Wow, I didn’t know about that quilt, either. Thank you for sharing the picture. Too bad you couldn’t see the real thing. Maybe it will be on display one of these days and you can!

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