Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM) at Little Rock will open “Stitched Together: A Treasury of Arkansas Quilts,” at a reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 12.


The exhibit opens during 2nd Friday Art Night (2FAN) at the museum. Housed in Cabe Gallery, the project is free to view through Oct. 31, 2020, according to a news release.


“Quilting is not an American invention, but a skill carried to the New World by immigrants,” according to the release. “However, in the almost two and a half centuries since the colonies became states, quilting evolved into a uniquely American tradition represented by the proliferation of block style designs.”


“Arkansas quilts pre-dating 1850 are rare; the majority of surviving 19th century quilts were produced in the last quarter of the century by the hard-working wives and daughters of independent yeoman farmers. Despite the demands of daily life, Arkansas women found time to create some of the most exquisitely crafted quilts in the entire country. This exhibit tells the story of quilting in Arkansas through a selection of the museum’s most treasured bed covers,” according to the release.


The exhibit will showcase a collection of the rarest quilts in the museum’s permanent collection with most quilts made before 1900 and many prior to the Civil War.


Historic Arkansas Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free. Tours of historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, and $1.50 for senior citizens.


Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.