Tours

Montgomery County Historical Society

Closed

Thursday 9:30 am to 1 pm $70

Enjoy a half-day visit to the Montgomery County Historical Society located at the Beall-Dawson House (c. 1815) in Rockville, Maryland. Participants will don white gloves for a close up examination of 20 of the historical society’s favorite quilt treasures from 19th Century Montgomery County. Included in this presentation is the Woodbourne Quilt which was included in the DAR’s Eye on Elegance exhibit. Montgomery History also holds the original quilting design drawings that match the stitching in the quilt.

Winterthur

Closed

Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $130
Lunch is included.

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life there. Its 60 acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. Participants in this full-day tour will begin with an orientation to Winterthur Estate and Garden and enjoy some of the new outdoor exhibit: Follies, Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. They will then split into two groups to participate in a 2-hour quilt tour including presentation by Linda Eaton, tour of the house, and time in the galleries to view the new exhibit opening that day: Embroidery, The Thread of History.

Smithsonian
American Art Museum

Closed

Thursday 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. $145

Participants in this extended half-day tour will travel to the American Art Museum in downtown DC to view approximately 40 quilts from the Patricia S. Smith quilt collection, donated to the museum by Ms. Smith in 1998 and 2016. Patricia Smith is an antiques dealer, collector, and expert in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century quilts. The collection is comprised of rare and early quilts made with high-fashion calicoes and chintzes imported from England and France. The quilts were owned by affluent women along the eastern seaboard. The program will be an informal and fun opportunity for the group to see the quilts up close. Ms. Smith and Leslie Umberger, Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, will be on hand to offer some thoughts and answer questions. Photos are permitted.

Lovely Lane Museum with Presentation by Marylou McDonald

Closed

Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $85

Travel to Baltimore, Maryland, home of the famous Baltimore album quilts to view four of the most famous examples up close and personal. Marylou McDonald, who has been studying Baltimore album quilts for over 25 years, will conduct a lecture on the six quilts in the museum collection (four album quilts dating from 1846-1848, the Mayflower quilt and the 1917 World War I redwork quilt). She will also be showing her fourteen 1846 and thirteen 1847 Baltimore album quilt blocks and discussing other history and research on Baltimore album quilts. There will be time to examine the quilts closely and photos are allowed.

Smithsonian
Museum of American History

Closed

Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $75
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $75

*Attendees cannot bring anything other than a wallet and their phone or camera into storage.

The Museum of American History is opening its quilt vault for a behind the scenes tour of its treasures. Participants in this half-day tour will have the opportunity to see a selection of approximately 25 quilts ranging from the 18th century through the 19th century. Included are historical treasures such as a quilt made by Martha Washington, one of Achsah Goodwin Wilkins’ appliquéd counterpanes, and the Benoni Pearce (Groom’s) album quilt. This tour will be offered four times allowing for small groups so quilts can be viewed up close and even take pictures. The quilts will be viewed in their storage drawers because many are too fragile to even go on display.

Stella Rubin Studio and Quilt Collection

Closed

Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $60

Stella Rubin has been a quilt dealer and collector for over 35 years. She is opening up her studio of several hundred QUILTS to participants in this half-day tour. You will be able to examine a wide variety of quilts from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Afterward, Stella will show her own eclectic collection of quilts that peaked her interest so much she couldn’t let them go and will discuss what makes them so special to her.