Not just bedcovers, quilts were made with careful consideration. Whether commemorating personal events, remembering friends, broadcasting social status, or displaying skill, quilts often provide details of a woman’s life that would otherwise have been lost to time. They act as important representations of the American spirit in art, worthy of recognition and regard. Motifs and practices shown throughout the history of fine art can be found in abundance in these carefully crafted textiles, as both a continuance of past styles and a precursor to artistic movements that would not be popularized for decades to come.
Threads of Society: American Quilts and the Stories They Tell showcases selections from the Field House Museum’s collection of quilts dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition explores the story of quilting in American society, with a focus on the recognition of quilts as historic and artistic materials.
House Decorations for Holidays
It is once again that time of year when the Field House Museum is taken over by holiday cheer and décor. We are pulling out all the stops this year as we ambitiously strive to take the holiday display to new levels with toys from across the generations everywhere in the museum. We cannot wait to see all the splendor of what the holiday season brings to the museum.
Liberty of London Dolls at the Maplewood Library
November 26 to January 5
London is calling again! After receiving numerous requests to place the popular Liberty of London Dolls exhibit back on display we have decided to do so, but with a twist. The display this year will be split between the Maplewood Library and the Field House Museum.
We are excited to take a new exhibit to the library again this year and hope that it brings new patrons to the museum. These dolls present a unique perspective of British history and offer a glimpse into a nation that spread its empire across the globe.
Plastic Playground: Plastic Toys from the 1950s to 1970s
The Field House Museum wants you to experience our fun exhibit, Plastic Playground. This exhibit showcases classic toys made of plastic from the 1950s to 1970s and takes adults back to their childhood. Fisher Price, GI Joe and Plasticville train buildings are just a few artifacts currently on display. Let us take you back, and show a younger generation the toys that you played with when you were their age! Hurry down today, this exhibit ends October 31, 2014.
From the Library
For over the last 600 years paper engineering has astonished and entertained the world, becoming more than just a tool of science. Transforming from the simple movement of two pieces of paper sliding against each other, to the springs and motions of today’s movables, the pop-up element continues to entertain. Pop-In for Pop-Ups: A Peek at the Popular Book focuses on the artwork and mechanisms of movable books. Here you will find artistic pop-ups for children and adults dating from the late 19th century to the present day. From the basic designs of Benjamin and Geraldine Clyne of Jolly Jump-Ups, to the mastery of Robert Sabuda, all evolutions of the pop-up are represented by the artwork on display.