Quilt historian to speak at historical society

Laura McDowell Hopper

Laura McDowell Hopper, a historian, curator, writer and quilter, will speak about quilts and quilting at the Aurora Historical Society at the Pierce Art and History Center on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00pm. 

The associate editor of Quiltfolk magazine and a textile expert who has worked at the Newberry Library, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Michigan State University Museum and the Pick Museum at Northern Illinois University, among others, Hopper is also an award-winning museum curator.   Her own handiwork as a quilter has been featured in books and journals.  

Among other topics, Hopper will discuss the radical political statements that may have been hidden in the straightforward designs of 19th and 20th century quilts. 

Her remarks will be presented within the fall exhibit of the society, titled “Quilts: Art, History, Community”, which features two dozen quilts from the extensive collection of the Aurora Historical Society.  The items were made or used in Aurora and date from the mid-1800s to today.   The exhibit, which is free to view, closes Saturday, October 26, 2019. 

Tickets for the lecture are $5 for historical society members and $8 for non-members.