By: Margaret Malanyn
The Dearborn, Michigan Historical Museum was established from two surviving buildings that were once part of a federal arsenal built in the 1830s. The Museum has acquired 120 quilts since the early 1950s, donated mainly by local citizens. Through a 1979-80 research grant from the American Association of University Women, the collection was recently studied, photographed and appraised.
The quilt collection covers a time span ranging from the early 1800s through the Bicentennial and shows the great variety of work that quiltmakers did as the nation grew. Fifteen representative examples were selected for this study to demonstrate the way in which historical events were reflected in the quilts women made.