When you visit the Donahue Permanent Collection Gallery at the New England Quilt Museum, do you look in the drawers of the big dresser sitting in the corner? The sign on the top says “Please Open the Drawers.” The specially built wooden dresser was donated to the museum by Karey Bresenhan of Quilts, Inc. The four drawers are lined with acid-free boxes and have Plexiglas lids. The drawers are perfect for displaying educational quilts and quilt tops which can’t be hung on the wall. They can also be used to display quilt blocks are items from our collection of quilt related ephemera.
The contents of the drawers are changed about four times per year and often coordinate with the current exhibit or with other permanent collection quilts on display at that time. Currently, the quilts in the drawers are all made for 4-poster beds as are the other quilts in the Donahue Gallery. Enjoy the five beautiful quilts hanging on the walls and on the bed and slant board, then open the drawers and enjoy four more!
~ Laura Lane, Collections Manager