Who Is Rosie Lee Wilkins? – Piecing Together Her History
EXHIBIT OPEN NOVEMBER 9, 2020 – APRIL 24, 2021
Like each patch in a quilt, our lives are made of bits and pieces sewn together to weave a larger story. These stories become part of someone’s history and legacy.
Along with these stories are often objects—physical things that the stories live within. But what happens if the history is not recorded and is not remembered beyond the individuals who were there to experience it? These objects live on, but can only themselves tell pieces of the stories they hold.
In her lifetime, local quilter Rosie Lee Wilkins created over 100 quilts. Unfortunately, Rosie’s story was left unfinished during her lifetime. This exhibit will highlight some of her quilting works—a large physical part of Rosie’s legacy. Along with these beautiful works, visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at the means and methods of how the museum staff worked to find Rosie story. On display will be the research process and steps taken to piece together the history of Rosie’s life, what we were able to uncover, and why it is so important to document our individual stories before they are lost to time.