Log Cabins: Quilts, Houses, and Toys

March 11th, 2017 - April 2nd, 2017

Quilts and cabins kept pioneers warm on the frontier and will make for a fun exhibit at Spring Fling. Children can build a log cabin and walk right in, stretch their creativity with traditional Lincoln Logs, and try combining fabrics on quilt puzzles. Two quilts in log cabin designs will be on display. The rough wool version would look right at home in a cozy mountain cabin. The sophisticated silk quilt is on display for the first time, after being restored with a generous grant from the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas. 

Millermore Exposed

September 1st, 2016 - Summer 2017

Imagine this: Millermore, empty and freshly painted, and you have been given the task of filling it with things that will make it look like William and Emma have just settled into their new house, in 1861. Our new exhibit, "Millermore Exposed," lets the visitors learn how a curator might think through that challenge. Everything in the house has been rearranged to explain what types of things were used to tell Millermore's story. Upon entering, the visitors will see the parlor packed with genuine 1860s artifacts, 90 percent of the house's contents. These artifacts never belonged to the Millers, but they were in somebody's house in 1861 and are necessary to furnish Millermore to a reasonable appearance.
Moving into the sitting room, walking right past where the barrier used to be, visitors will learn about the art, stories and memories of Millermore. They can also take a selfie with image of William or Emma. They can see the place in the office where Millermore is truly exposed, its structure laid bare. And they can peek into the dining room to see the objects the Millers actually gave us, many of which have not been used at all in furnishing the house. Who keeps a lariat in the parlor? Or a giant wooden mallet or a metal hook with no known use?
Upstairs the rooms contain some special categories of furniture. All of the fine Texas handcrafted furniture is gathered together in the boys' room, which makes its importance much more apparent. In the girls' room is a display of home crafting. Needlework, hair art, quilts, and rough woodworking. The nursery contains one item, the Chippendale desk usually found in the family sitting room. It is the oldest piece in the house, and antique when the house was new. The master bedrooms reveals the curator's dirty little secret. Some things used in the exhibit are fake. Modern reproductions, things made in 1880 that nobody but an expert would know are wrong, and curtains from JC Penney.   Please join the visitors in thinking about Millermore in an entirely different way, now that so many of its secrets are exposed.