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Lake County Historical Society

Contact: By Lynn Vandevort, Curator

440-639-2945 ext. 17

Lake County Historical Society installs exhibit at Lake Erie College

d83834ad43ceea1893b0e62a1cec38fe--quilts-vintage-antique-quiltsThe Lake County Historical Society is pleased to be collaborating with Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, Lake Erie College, and the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers in a one-month event to be held in the Royce Hall Fine Arts Building on Gillett Street, Painesville, on the campus of Lake Erie College. An exhibit will be installed in the Fine Arts Gallery that showcases some of the exquisite quilts and coverlets and historic artifacts from the Historical Society collection.  The Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers will be adding their own works of textile art to the exhibit to round out the story of the art of domestic textiles.

Rabbit Run Community Arts Association will be performing the play Quilters by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek in the C.K. Rickel Theatre inside the Fine Arts Building where the exhibit will be located. The play will be performed beginning February 9 run through March 4.  The play is a rich and heartwarming mosaic that captures the sweep and beauty, the fear and joy, the harsh reality and abundant rewards of 19th century pioneer life.

The exhibit will include quilts and coverlets, clothing and furniture, and tools for spinning and weaving from the pioneer era of Lake County (1800 to 1850). A unique addition to the exhibit that will set it apart from all other quilt exhibits will be the fabulous textile art pieces from the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers Guild.  These local artists have taken the skills of our pioneers and brought them into the 20th century.  Modern art pieces will complete the story told in the play presented by Rabbit Run and in the historic artifacts from the Lake County Historical Society.  The printed program for the play will also include stories of Lake County pioneer women researched by the Historical Society.  Many artifacts in the exhibit will relate to these stories.

On opening night, February 9th, there will be a reception organized by Rabbit Run and Lake Erie College and demonstrations of spinning and weaving by members of the Spinners and Weavers Guild.

Tickets for the play will be $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for seniors, and $10.00 for students. Admission to the exhibit will be free.  Tickets for the play can be purchased through or purchased at the door.  Performances of the play are February 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, March 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm or February 11, 18, 25, and March 4 at 2:00 pm.  The exhibit will be open for viewing during regular college hours.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, WVIZ Ideastream, LakeMetroParks, the Lake County Visitors Bureau, Blakely Insurance, Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, Lake Erie College, The Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers, and the Lake County Historical Society.


For more information on these or other programs & activities, call the Lake County History Center 440-639-2945 ; or contact the operations manager: