State Historical Museum Expands Vault Tours; Offers Limited Public Access to Quilt Collection

For immediate release July 11, 2005



Contact: Jeff Morgan, 515-281-3858 or Sarah Oltrogge, (515) 281-4011
What: History Hunter Vault Tours "Iowa's Hidden Quilt Treasures: A Tour"
Where: State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
When: Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 10 a.m., Noon, and 2 p.m.

Limited to 20 people per tour
Reservations strongly encouraged
$30 per person - groups welcome
Call 515-283-1757 for reservations

Details: Due to strong public demand, the State Historical Museum is expanding its History Hunter "Vault Tours" to include a special viewing of Iowa's best historic quilts. Chief Curator Michael Smith will lead the exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of some of Iowa's finest treasures.

The tour begins with an introduction to quilting history in the museum's new Rural Remembrances: Iowa's Quilt Legacy and continues in the subterranean, climate-controlled preservation center where tour participants will see some of the finest examples of this great American art form.

Collection, conservation and preservation techniques will be discussed during this unprecedented opportunity to see quilts that have never been available for public viewing.

Additional quilting activities will be available for the entire family. Please call (515) 281-5011.


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