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Collections and Exhibits

Art Gallery

Memories of China, Part II: Selections from the Flora Heebner Collection
Through March 31, 2019

Schwenkfelder Missionary Flora Heebner served in China from 1904 to 1942, and during her tenure there, accumulated a large collection of textiles, ceramics, and other objects that illustrated her experiences. The Heritage Center will present part of this collection in the Art Gallery along with photos of the places Flora called home and the many friends and colleagues she made over her nearly forty-year stay.

First Floor Gallery

19th Century Dresses and Millinery from the Heritage Center Collection
Through November 2

This exhibit revisits our costume collection and features a selection of early to late-19th century dresses, hats and bonnets in the First Floor Gallery. Collections volunteer Charlotte Puff has been working on making the dresses look just right on the mannequins, and we are very pleased to be able to share them with our visitors.

Meeting Room Gallery

Perkiomen Valley Quilts
Through November 16

The quilt design known locally as "Perkiomen Valley" will be featured in a special exhibit. Perkiomen Valley quilts are technically known as split nine patch for the way the individual patchwork blocks are constructed. The pattern can be dazzling! We will include antique Perkiomen Valley quilts from the Heritage Center collection as well as contemporary versions made by local quilters. Don't miss this textile tribute to our lovely valley!

Fraktur Gallery

Pennsylvania German Samplers
Through October 5

This exhibit was first presented for Penn Dry Goods Market 2018—an exhibit of Pennsylvania German samplers from the Schwenkfelder and other collections. This survey of samplers will focus on regional similarities and differences, and a comparison of needlework done by members of religious groups such as the Schwenkfelders and the Mennonites. We'll offer some ideas on how motifs were transmitted and carried across generations and also contrast the work done under the auspices of a teacher versus the work done at home and influenced by family and friends. We hope to provide new insight into this very significant aspect of many young Pennsylvania German women's lives.

Science in Pennsylvania German Everyday Life
October 30 - April 1, 2019

No matter what grades you received in science in school, there's no denying that it permeates our lives in countless ways every day—from the technology we use, to cooking and cleaning and weather forecasts. This fall we will be having a different kind of exhibit in the Fraktur Gallery. We'll be looking at how the branches of science impacted the everyday lives of Pennsylvania Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries. We'll consider scientific processes in food production, such as fermentation; experiments with botany; the use of astronomy in farming; aspects of medicine; mechanics and more using objects from the collection and interpretive text panels.

Special Boy Scout Exhibit
Outside Fraktur Gallery
Through September 30

The Heritage Center is proud to present a special exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the forming of the Pennsburg Boy Scout Troop 90. Drawing from the Heritage Center collection and local troops, guest curator Paul Decker has assembled a fascinating group of objects that represent scouting in the Valley and central Montgomery county throughout the 20th century. Stop by and tell us your favorite memory of being a Boy Scout!

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