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Quilts and Textiles

P02 51 57 TN's collection of quilt and textiles reflects the influences of Lancaster's 18th century English and German origins. Our collections also depict centuries of influences from surrounding neighbors and travelers to our region.

An important component of our quilt and textile collections is the Esprit Collection of Lancaster County Amish Quilts. This collection of eighty-two Amish quilts was the brainchild of Doug Tompkins, a founder of the Esprit Corporation, who began collecting the quilts during the 1970s. Produced by Amish women in Lancaster County between the 1870s and the 1940s these masterpieces provide a perfect window to examine the lives and culture of the people who created them.


Explore the rich and diverse textile traditions of Lancaster County and south-central Pennsylvania through our rich and diverse collection that celebrates the role of textiles in the past, present, and future.

How to learn more about’s collection of Quilts & Textiles

  • COMING SOON! Videos available on site and online at
  • COMING SOON! An on-line workshop and on-line collections access are available to members of through our website at
  • One-hour quilt turning session with our curators and trained volunteers. This White Glove Tour of our collections is available by appointment. Click Here more information.
  • COMING SOON! An evening workshop highlighting 50 objects from our Quilt and Textile Collection. Visit for more information.




Our Blogs

The History Bucket


Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog


Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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