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Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois

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May 12, 2013

502 S. Spring St
Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-7386

TIME: 8:30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sun

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The Illinois State Museum’s new exhibition presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War by uncovering the fascinating stories of Illinois women who rigorously supported their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends from the home front. Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois opens Feb. 3, 2013 in the second floor Art Gallery and features quilts and other objects of the era that reveal the hidden accounts of these devoted women. Also on exhibit are Civil War military uniforms, weapons, and supplies that provide additional visual context to the women’s stories. The exhibition will remain open through Sept. 8, 2013. In the days following the April 1861 Confederate bombardment on Fort Sumter, dedicated men from Illinois rushed to join the Union Army. With vigor equal to the enlisting men, loyal women of Illinois organized to support the soldiers on the field and in the hospital, as they braced themselves for the changes in family and community life the war would bring. Following the Union defeat at the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861, President Lincoln issued an appeal for quilts, other bedding, clothing, and foodstuffs for the Union troops. While Illinois women made or gathered quilts for the soldiers, they also created highly decorated quilts for fund-raising auctions to support the war effort. Soldier’s quilts wore out with hard use, and few have survived. However, other quilts of the era that have been carefully preserved help tell the stories of these most trying of times. The twenty Civil War-era quilts in the exhibition provide a passage through which to explore the lives and wartime support activities of the women who made them. Each quilt on exhibit has its own unique story and individual attributes, even though they were collectively created in the same time period. One is a particularly rare quilt that has recently received national attention: a Log Cabin quilt from Anna, Illinois, that was pieced together with fabrics including scraps from both Union and Confederate uniforms. The uniform scraps reportedly belonged to the maker’s sons who fought on both sides of the war. An album quilt on display was made by Martha Jane Gourley (Gehlman), a close neighbor of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield. Miss Gourley’s friends and family, whose names adorn this quilt, are from northern as well as southern states, representing the range of families who settled the “West,” as Illinois was then considered.

In addition to the quilts, a wide variety of artifacts demonstrate the expansive range of women’s work for the war. They include agricultural equipment, household furnishings, memory pieces, and a National flag made between July 4, 1861 and July 3, 1863 and carried by the 33rd Illinois Infantry Regiment of Bloomington. Supplementing these are rarely seen period objects such as uniforms, weapons, a regimental drum, and a portable desk used in the war.

The Illinois State Museum is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to discover and care about Illinois’ natural and cultural resources and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street (the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets) in Springfield, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby, and the building is ADA accessible.


Today the Illinois State Museum system announced its role as a Blue Star Museums partner, joining a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. The nationwide program offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Beginning May 27 and continuing through September 2, active duty military families visiting any of the Illinois State Museum sites will receive a token of appreciation in addition to the free admission afforded to all visitors. Participating Illinois State Museum venues include the main facility in Springfield as well as those in Chicago, Lockport, Lewistown, and Whittington.

The Blue Star Museums initiative was organized to reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice. The program opens the doors to connect with our national treasures and visit some of the country’s finest institutions without an admission charge. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 75 children’s museums. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Participation in the program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Illinois State Museum sites will offer one token of appreciation per qualifying family.

This summer Blue Star Museums visitors of all ages to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield will enjoy a variety of exciting exhibitions. Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois features quilts, Civil War military supplies and weapons, a regimental drum, household artifacts and stories of women’s work and struggles during the Civil War. Peoples of the Past offers life-sized dioramas and finely crafted artifacts that bring to life Illinois' rich Native American heritage. At Home in the Heartland shares the stories of real people who lived in Illinois and their dramatic changes in household life over the past 300 years. Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments allows visitors to travel into the past to see how Illinois has changed and how it continues to change today. The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum is a hands-on children’s gallery in which children will learn what it is like to work at a museum through play.

The Illinois State Museum is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to discover and care about Illinois’ natural and cultural resources and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street (the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets) in Springfield, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby, and the building is ADA accessible. For additional information, visit http://www.museum.state.il.us/

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