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