Cabin fever: Quilt and fiber arts
weekend Lincoln's New Salem demonstrates transformation of wool into
quilts and blankets
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[January 17, 2014]
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site offers an escape from cabin
fever Saturday and Sunday with demonstrations of frontier techniques
for transforming wool into beautiful quilts and blankets.
Demonstrations will take place at the visitor center from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Visitors can try their hand at carding, spinning, knitting,
weaving and more. Historic interpreters will also conduct a "bed
turning," where quilts are displayed and explained to visitors.
The Prairie Aires will provide music for the event on Saturday.
Weather permitting, activities will also take place in the historic
village so visitors can experience a taste of life in a log home
during an 1830s winter.
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, administered by the
Illinois Preservation Agency, is a reconstruction of the 1830s log
village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years. It is about 20
miles northwest of Springfield and two miles south of Petersburg on
Route 97 and is open for free public tours.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]