New Textiles on Exhibit!

Coming to the Ohio History Connection in the next few weeks?

Our latest textile installation at the Ohio History Connection.

Our latest textile installation at the Ohio History Connection.

We recently changed out some textiles on our history mall! This new installation explores textiles and the relationship to politics.

How do textiles and politics relate to each other?

Since the first campaign in Ohio, politicians have looked for ways to advertise themselves and their policies through any means possible. Textiles were used as a means to capture the political experience during the election and afterwards through quilts, banners, and shirts. The versatility of the material allowed them to be easily moved to spread messages and convey ideas. Sometimes, simply having a politician’s name on a textile was enough to cause controversy in a community based on one’s politics. Politicians continue to use this medium today.

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H 28053 is a banner from the Anti-Saloon League, one of the most prominent prohibition organizations in the United States of America in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries and one of the most powerful political lobbies.

What textiles are being exhibited?

The textiles on exhibit include quilts and banners created during or after a political campaign.

Why are the light levels so low in that area?

Textiles are very sensitive to light; prolonged exposure leads to irreversible damage. Just like when you leave a towel outside in the summer and it fades, textiles in museums can fade if they are in bright light for too long so we keep the light levels low in the gallery to protect them. This is also the reason why textiles on exhibit are changed frequently; once light damage has occurred, the damage to object can not be reversed, only preserved.

What other kinds of textiles do you have in the collection?

We collect all types of textiles from all periods in Ohio history. Our textile collection includes over 400 quilts, 350 gowns, over 80 banners, and over 300 coverlets in addition to thousands of other pieces of textiles ranging from fragments to flags.

One section of the textile installation that features a quilt raffled of by the GAR and a political banner from the 1888 presidential election.

One section of the textile installation that features a quilt raffled of by the GAR and a political banner from the 1888 presidential election.

How do I donate a textile to the collection?

Email our curators with a picture, description, and any information about the object to collections@ohiohistory.org

Do you own any textiles used to commemorate a political figure or idea?

Emily Lang, History Curator

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