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Winters Heritage House Exhibit Features Quilt From 1939 World’s Fair

The 28th annual May Quilt Show runs throughout the month of May at the Winters Heritage House Museum in Elizabethtown. The show includes approximately 30 quilts, as well as one especially unique and wonderful quilt that was made for and exhibited at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Created by Hummelstown resident Emma Hoerner, the World’s Fair Quilt was previewed by 842 local people before being sent off to stand on display in New York City in 1939. The quilt’s applique designs illustrate industry and progress. The quilt stitching includes more than 100 hand-sewn interlocking gears.

Other quilts in this year’s display include antique through modern masterpieces. Each quilt has its unique background posted beside it, making the show not only colorful, but full of history. The show is provided by the museum’s Quilt Committee, that pride themselves on finding different quilts to display each year. The exhibit will be open during museum hours and by appointment through the end of May. Groups are encouraged to call ahead and schedule a private guided tour.

The Winters Heritage House is located in downtown Elizabethtown, half a block from the town square, at 47 E. High St. The volunteer-run museum works to preserve two colonial-era log houses, present local history, and is home to the Seibert Genealogy Research Library. There is free parking in the lot behind the museum. The hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A donation is appreciated for admission. Winters Heritage House Museum may be reached at 717-367-4672.

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