Promoting Knowledge --- Building Collections --- For Over 20 Years
Welcome to our website. We are all about coverlets,
figured and fancy
After 20 years of working to build collections and raise awareness and appreciation of woven 19th century bedcovers, we are proud to announce that we have established The National Museum of the American Coverlet* in historic Bedford, Pennsylvania.
The Coverlet Museum is the first year-round, independent institution devoted to the woven coverlet. The Museum’s Interim Gallery and Museum Shop are now open daily, with a full-scale operations planned for May of 2007. In addition to changing displays of “period” coverlets in all the major weave structures, there will be early weaving equipment, a research library, and more.
Why did we do this? It was inevitable. Many people are concerned about what will happen to their beloved collections, while other people worry that fewer and fewer young folks understand them. Still others have no idea what a coverlet is!
There are coverlets in the collections of important museums around America, but in most cases you would never know it. Few general interest museums have the time or resources to do justice to their coverlets. As a result they are seldom displayed or even discussed.
We feel, and scores of people agree with us, that it is time to address these problems. It is time for a museum devoted solely to coverlets – and that museum now exists.
Check out the website for the new National Museum of the American Coverlet. See our wonderful “period” building, learn about our Board of Directors, our latest news, and how to become a Charter Member.
If you prefer, contact us directly at 814.623.1588 or , and we can tell you all about it.
*The National Museum of the American Coverlet, Inc. is a non-profit corporation registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.