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Media Release - Pratt Gallery at Annandale National Historic Site reopens with collaborative quilt show

Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2020

Annandale National Historic Site is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit in the Pratt Gallery.

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

The exhibit opens today and runs until August 31. The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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,” says museum curator Patricia Phelps. “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,” says 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 photgraphs and vintage recipes.

At this time, tours of the historic home 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,” explains 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. I commend our museum staff for all their hard work in ensuring Tillsonburg’s history isn’t forgotten,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar.

 

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 for its magnificent interior, the site is also home to the community museum containing more than 18,000 artifacts from Tillsonburg's history. The museum is a hub for public programming and cultural events.

 

About Tillsonburg
Located 90 minutes west of the Toronto area, Tillsonburg offers companies a strategic location in Ontario’s agriculture and manufacturing heartland. With low business and development costs, progressive policies and a high-speed fibre optic network, Tillsonburg is home to more than 600 regional, national and international companies. To find out more about Tillsonburg, visit www.tillsonburg.ca or www.DiscoverTillsonburg.ca.

 

The essence of Tillsonburg is captured in three words:

Connected – A strong sense of community, a history of engagement and collaboration, and strong connections to surrounding markets based on a strategic location within Southwestern Ontario

Enriched – A high quality of life evidenced by community centres/programs, opportunities to be meaningfully involved, abundance of parks and green spaces, and a rural/urban influence that combines for a sustainable, comfortable pace

Inspired – An entrepreneurial spirit and strong rural work ethic with leadership in agri-business and related ventures and a track record of “Made in Tillsonburg” solutions

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