This project was made possible thanks to a grant from Humanities Nebraska.
The project also benefited from the generosity of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation and the support of the College of Education and Human Sciences, Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, and the IQSCM leadership.
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum developed World Quilts to share its premiere collection and hallmark scholarly perspective on the significance of quilts and quiltmaking with the world. It also moves existing quilt studies scholarship beyond disciplinary boundaries to integrate quilts within a broader art and humanities context. The Amish Story is the second component of World Quilts, with future modules slated to cover other geographic areas. With more than 5,000 quilts—too many to show in any physical gallery—the IQSCM values sharing its quilts and their historical and cultural context virtually.
The Amish Story, created to accompany the 2016-17 physical exhibition at Quilt House, Amish Quilts and the Crafting of Diverse Traditions, explores bedcovers made by members of the Amish religion within multiple contexts and a with a wide-angle lens, investigating intersections of religion, art, craft, fashion, and commerce. Curated by Janneken Smucker, The Amish Story draws on research she conducted for her book, Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).
The IQSCM is the the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. Established in 1997, the center opened a new museum at Quilt House in Lincoln, Neb., in 2008. The museum’s mission aims to inspire an understanding of the cultural and artistic significance of quilts by collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting and promoting discovery of quilts and quiltmaking traditions from many cultures, countries and times. The center is an academic program of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.