“Our material history, preserved in the Museum collection, reflects the challenges of keeping warm. Cloth scraps were saved to create patchwork quilts stuffed with wool or cotton. Undervests and heavy petticoats provided an extra layer of insulation from the wind and cold. Fur coats, hats and mittens protected from frostbite and ‘blind pigs’ (ceramic hot water containers) offered extra comfort for numb feet,” said Curator Susan Dunlop.
“These utilitarian pieces were created not only for warmth. The artifacts will delight visitors with their attention to fine details and give you a sense of appreciation for the hardiness of Wellington County pioneers.”
The exhibition runs until April 2, 2013.
The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between Fergus and Elora. The galleries are open weekdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, please contact:
Amy Dunlop, Curatorial Assistant
Tel: 519.846.0916 x 5232