Pratt Gallery at ANHS reopens with quilt show

Tillsonburg's Annandale National Historic Site, summer 2019. (Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN

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Annandale National Historic Site in Tillsonburg recently announced the opening of a new exhibit in the Pratt Gallery.

Piecing Together the Past and Present is a collaborative quilt show developed in partnership with the Stationhouse Quilters and Fibre Artists. The new exhibition features 10 modern quilts, along with 10 historic quilts from the museum’s collection.

The exhibit opened Monday, June 29 and runs until August 31. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Entry to the new exhibit is by appointment only due to concerns regarding COVID-19.

“Only one group (up to seven people) will be allowed in the gallery at a time with full safety protocols in place,” said museum curator Patricia Phelps in a media release. “But we’re open and looking forward to sharing this unique show with the public. Just call 519-842-2294 to book your appointment.”

Stationhouse Quilters and Fibre Artists is one of several in-house groups that call the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre home (www.stationarts.ca).

“COVID-19 has presented a challenging set of circumstance for museums,” said Phelps. “But we’re doing our best to adjust and offer programming where we can.”

The museum’s first-ever virtual exhibit, Hot Off the Presses: Celebrating 100 Years of the Tillsonburg News, opened in April and is still available at www.annandalenhs.ca. Staff are also posting interactive content on the museum’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AnnandaleNHS), including historic photographs and vintage recipes.

At this time, tours of the historic Annandale House adjoining the Pratt Gallery are not available.

“The historic house will remain closed for the foreseeable future as the disinfectants that are required to clean high-touch surfaces in the home are not recommended by the Canadian Conservation Institute for use on historic surfaces,” said Phelps. “But we’ll continue to monitor the situation and work toward showcasing the aesthetic beauty of Annandale in other ways until a full reopening is possible.”

“The people of Tillsonburg are known for rising to any challenge put in front of them,” said Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar. “I commend our museum staff for all their hard work in ensuring Tillsonburg’s history isn’t forgotten.”

About Annandale NHS

Annandale National Historic Site (30 Tillson Avenue) is a fully restored Victorian home built by Tillsonburg’s first mayor, E.D. Tillson. Nationally recognized, the site is also home to the community museum containing more than 18,000 artifacts from Tillsonburg’s history.

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