Opera House Quilt Show

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Historic quilts from the McHenry County Historical Society’s collection will be on display through Jan. 31 in the Woodstock Opera House Community Room. The quilts date from the 1860s to the 1940s, and highlight a variety of patterns from the Society’s collection – which consists of more than 160 quilts.

One of the quilts featured is a Friendship Chain quilt made in 1887 by a group of neighbors who lived on South Jefferson and Dean streets in Woodstock, as well as their relatives. More than 38 signatures appear on this Friendship Chain quilt that records the names of cherished friends and family members. This quilt was donated to the McHenry County Historical Society in 1976 by Ida Brink Howell, whose grandmother’s name appears on one of these quilt blocks.

Ida’s grandmother was Amy Schryver Brink, the wife of Simon Brink. Simon, a carpenter, was hired to oversee construction of the Woodstock Opera House.

The quilts are free for public viewing during regular box office hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 815-923-2267 for more information.


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