Millyard Museum to open “Queen City Quilts” exhibit Aug. 15

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 on Aug. 15, and the exhibit will be on display through Oct. 21.

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Close-up of one featured quilt made entirely from silk cigar bands, which were ribbons used as decorative ties around cigar boxes. (Note the 7-20-4 band, which was the local cigar brand made by RG Sullivan cigars from Manchester.) In this case, it is quilted in what is known as a modified log cabin design, with herringbone stitching along the edge of each band. It is backed with a floral pattern material of red, blue, green and black in a striped pattern. It was made by Mrs. Alma E. Campbell, circa 1900, and was donated to the MHA by her niece, Miss Addie Cram, in 1975. Courtesy/Manchester Historic Association

MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Historic Association will unveil a new temporary exhibit at the Millyard Museum on Aug. 15 entitled “Queen City Quilts.”

“Queen City Quilts” will feature some of the treasures of the MHA’s textile collection. The quilts in the collection span three centuries and are a unique vehicle for telling the stories of textile manufacturing in Manchester, and of quilt makers as members of the workforce.

“Quilts tell stories, and quilt history is full of myths and misinformation as well as heartwarming tales of service and tradition,” said Pam Weeks, who is curating the exhibit along with Marylou (Ashooh) Lazos. “This exhibit allows us to delve into world history, women’s history, industrial history, and just plain wonderful stories.”

One of the quilts to be featured is a “friendship crazy quilt” made by the Ladies of the First Congregational Church for Miss Mary Dana. Her role first as Parish Visitor and then as assistant to the pastor, made her a much loved and respected member of the church which is reflected in the quilt, purported to be made of fabrics from dresses worn by the ladies to functions at the church.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 on Aug. 15, and the exhibit will be on display through Oct. 21.

Please RSVP to 603-622-7531, or e-mail

Founded in 1896, the Manchester Historic Association is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization with the mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Manchester, New Hampshire. The Association operates the Millyard Museum and the Research Center, both of which are open to the general public.  The Association presents a variety of public programs including lectures, walking tours and concerts, and also school programs for students from third grade through college.  Call (603) 622-7531 for more information, or visit

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