Uncover the stories beneath bed covers brought to Wisconsin by early settlers to the state and learn how these mementos of life back home were made.
Quilts and coverlets, two popular forms of mid-19th-century bed coverings, traveled to Wisconsin with settlers from the eastern United States as they trekked west to the newly-formed territory and later state. Not only did these covers keep their owners warm during cold Wisconsin nights, but they also held sentimental memories of home and those left behind. This exhibit looks at the journeys made by a number of quilts and coverlets in the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the stories they tell about those who owned them. It will also touch on the craft and history surrounding these two types of bed coverings.
Wade House Historic Site, W7965 State Hwy 23
Wade House, an 1850s stagecoach inn built to serve traffic along the plank road that connected Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, tells the story of frontier entrepreneur Sylvanus Wade and his family during the Civil War years. In addition to the inn, the historic site includes the recently reconstructed Herrling sawmill, one of the few working, water-powered sawmills of its kind in the nation. Wade House is also home to the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, which houses the state's largest collection of antique carriages and working wagons.
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