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Text and Textile: Quilts and the Construction of the Social Fabric
Civil War QuiltText and Textile: Quilts and the Construction of the Social Fabric, curated by Lou Cabeen, opened at the Yakima Valley Museum on August 16, 2008. Lou Cabeen is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she chairs the Fibers Area. Quilts from the collection of the Yakima Valley Museum provides the focus for this investigation of textiles as text from the Civil War to the early 20th century.

Emma Von FleetFeatured in this exhibit is Emma Von Fleet's Civil War Quilt. Finished in 1866, Emma's quilt records her personal experiences of the war by commemorating the specific battles fought by her husband, Alfred and his fellow soldiers in Co. K of the 8th Illinois Cavalry.  The American flag-shaped quilt list of battles and their dates is embroidered in fine red thread along the center white stripe of her quilt.  
Politics on a Pin
Politics Just in time for the presidential election year, interns Kaili Lockbeam and Christina Muehleck prepared an exhibit of presidential campaign buttons and posters.  The exhibit Politics on a Pin focuses primarily on the collection of Elmer and Margaret Neff.  The variety of campaign buttons covers the years 1932 to 1996.  This exhibition will be open until December 23, 2008.   Come by and take a look back at the paraphernalia of campaigns in the not-so-distant past.
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