The Spring 2019 rotating exhibit is the reprisal of “Sweet Memories – Printed Floral Handkerchiefs.” The collection of several hundred hankies, now owned by Allison-Antrim Museum, was that of Phoebe Ann Erb Gallagher, a native of Lancaster, PA, who lived in Chestnut Hill, MA. Erb-Gallagher passed away five months after the 2017 exhibition of her hankie collection. This exhibition is an homage to Phoebe, a well-known textile designer, who wrote five books on design and handkerchiefs, as well as articles for trade and craft magazines. The exhibit includes hankies from the Art Deco period to the 1960s.
Phoebe wrote, “Handkerchiefs – small squares of linen, silk, or cotton carried in the hand or pocket for wiping the face, eyes, or nose – have had a long and colorful history. Beginning in ancient times and until the mid-twentieth century, these cloths have followed the vagaries of fashion and style. At first, plain and white, they were later elaborately needle-worked, then finally, printed.” Over the years, Erb Gallagher’s collection has been exhibited in museums and libraries on the East Coast, including The Lancaster Museum of Art, Boston Public Library, and Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, MA.
For the Baby Boomer generation and their mothers, the hankies in this exhibit will spark fond memories of playing “drop the hankie,” tying our coins in the corner of a handkerchief for penny candy or our church offering, folding a handkerchief to make babies in a cradle, or picking out the perfect hankie to coordinate with the day’s outfit, before leaving the house. The exhibit includes mint-with-tag hankies (never used), edged hankies, and signature handkerchiefs designed by a dozen textile artists, including Tammis Keefe who also designed as “Peg Thomas.” The two main manufacturers of handkerchiefs in the U.S. were Kimball and Burmel. Look for their tags on the hankies. The handkerchiefs, $.50 to $1, were sold in a variety of department stores, from the upper end Lord and Taylor to the Five & Dime and W. T. Grant.
The “Sweet Memories” exhibition is located in the Barn’s South Exhibit Bay. Allison-Antrim Museum is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You are invited to Allison-Antrim Museum’s April 11, 2019 quarterly membership & speaker’s meeting at 7 pm, in the bank Barn at 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA 17225.
Bonnie Shockey will present a PowerPoint “Defying General Pickett – Greencastle’s Flag-Waving Girl.” Frances “Dolly” Harris was born and raised in Greencastle. She was 17 years old during the Great Invasion of Pennsylvania when Lee’s rebel troops marched straight through Greencastle and past the Harris home, on their way to Gettysburg. What may have inspired Dolly to wrap a Union flag around her waist as an apron? Why did she wave the Stars and Stripes at the Confederate soldiers and officers, who were just feet away from her, and then call them all scoundrels and traitors? What was happening in Antrim Township and Greencastle on the home front? Who was Dolly Harris? Please join us to learn about Frances “Dolly” Harris Lesher, the only Greencastle woman and Franklin County woman to be buried with full military honors upon her death. Just prior to the presentation a short quarterly meeting will be held for members of Allison-Antrim Museum. There’s no admission fee but donations are accepted toward the speaker series.
Hosted by Ebbert Spring Archaeological Preserve and Heritage Park
and Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc.
12633 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Greencastle, PA 17225
~ Outside work on the walking trails
~ Inside work – cleaning the south house (the taller of the two houses)
~ If you are interested in helping or have questions, email:
~ Allison-Antrim Museum will host its 12th annual Afternoon Tea in the Barn on Sunday, May 5 between 1 pm and 4 pm.
~ Tea will be served in the center two bays of the Barn.
~ Tables will be set with vintage napkins and china and the servers will be dressed in Civil War attire.
~ Along with several choices of tea, sweet & savory treats will be served.
~ Reservations are required for sittings beginning on the hour at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.
~ The special exhibit will be vintage, printed hankies from the 1940s, '50s, & '60s.
~ The cost per person is $5. Reservations for the tea are required by Friday, May 3, by Facebook messaging the museum's page or by calling 717.597.9010.
Ebbert Spring Park & Archaeological Preserve
The Archaeology Conservancy will create trails with archaeological, historical, geological, ecological, and environmental history kiosks throughout the property. The trails will be completed by Old Home Week 2019.
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