The History of Sewing Machines

2/7/2019 - 6/30/2019

Interior of the Hardwick Woolen Mill

Interior of the Hardwick Woolen Mill

 

This exhibit will not only review the history of the sewing machine, from its invention until now, but will feature sewing machines from our collection that were used locally. This exhibit will coincide with our annual quilt show and with the Fabric of Bradley County.

 

The Fabric of Bradley County

3/7/2019-6/15/2019

Hardwick Woolen Mill Exterior

Hardwick Woolen Mill Exterior

 

The Fabric of Bradley County exhibit will highlight the important producers and sellers of fabric and fibers in our community. This includes community fixtures such as American Uniform, C.J. Wilson's Store, and Hardwick Woolen Mill. The exhibit will feature photos, tools, machines, fabrics, and clothing - items that are rarely displayed due to their fragile materials. The exhibit will run from March 7, 2019-June 15, 2019 and will coincide with our History of Sewing Machines exhibit, which will feature machines from American Uniform and the Woolen Mill as well as home models.

 

MINI Exhibit: C.J. Wilson’s Store

3/14/2019-4/30/2019

 
A pair of shoes that were for sale at C.J. Wilson’s Store.

A pair of shoes that were for sale at C.J. Wilson’s Store.

This exhibit will highlight items that were sold at C.J. Wilson’s Store (a clothing store that was a fixture in Cleveland for many years) as well as a few items such as display cases used at the store.

 

MINI EXHIBIT: Bradley County Beauty

5/1/2019-7/1/2019

Staff of Draper’s Barber Shop in Martinsville, Virginia

Staff of Draper’s Barber Shop in Martinsville, Virginia

 

The grooming and beautification of yesteryear - from a barbershop chair to shaving cream brushes to hot rollers. This exhibit will feature a number of items highlighting grooming practices in the region from the late 19th through the first half of the 20th century.