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Quilts in Victorian Homes

Saturday, May 1, 2021 to Saturday, July 31, 2021
10:00am to 4:00pm
Rates/Admission Prices

Free admission.

Rogers Historical Museum - Hawkins House
322 S. Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756
Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday | 10am to 4pm

The Rogers Historical Museum invites you to join us for a special guided tour through the historic 1895 Hawkins House, Quilts in Victorian Homes. Open May 1 through July 31, this tour includes many examples from the museum’s collection of both plain and fancy quilts from the turn of the 20th century.

This tour explores how making of items for the home, including quilts, was a part of everyday life at this time for most women. Some quilts were made for use, others for show. Women would also come together for quilting bees where they would all work to create a single quilt. Experienced quilters working together could quilt two quilts in a day.

Quilts are great examples of domestic art which could be defined as a way to accomplish beauty, practicality and comfort in the home. In the old days, it did not matter if rich or poor, the quilt maker could express their personal artistic creativity using whatever material scraps were available. On display will be many of the popular traditional patterns of the day, such as the flower basket or fox and geese, as well as the more unique crazy quilt designs which were only limited by the quilter’s skill, materials and imagination.

The Rogers Historical Museum is located at 313 South Second Street, at the corner of Second and Cherry in the Rogers Historic District. For current hours or more information, please visit or call (479) 621-1154. General admission is free.

Image Credits:
Rogers Historical Museum

Teaser - Hawkins House Quilt Exhibit
Quilting bees were popular throughout the 1800s and into 1900s. These quilting parties oftentimes took place in the home of one of the quilters.

Internal - Crazy Quilt
Crazy quilts were all the rage in the 1880s and 1890s, but they were not usually made as bedcovers. Instead, crazy quilts often were used as sofa throws or table or piano covers. This crazy quilt was made by Lelia Granger in 1896.