African American Quilt History

African American Quilt History

Join us for this year’s final installment of LancasterHistory’s artifact-focused programming series, the Material Culture Forum! On Thursday, September 12, join LancasterHistory Curatorial staff for in-depth object studies of Lancaster County quilts followed by a presentation by acclaimed quilter, author, and speaker Kyra Hicks who will discuss 200 glorious years of African American quilting in America.

For event details and how to register, please scroll to the bottom of this event.

At 4pm, LancasterHistory Assistant Curator Tori Pyle will present a close look and conversation about the ways in which we can learn and interpret social history from quilts.

Image of Kyra Hicks surrounded by quilts.
Kyra Hicks (Credit: Kyra Hicks, Black Threads blog)

At 4:30pm, special guest Kyra Hicks will join us in a presentation and discussion of African American Quilt History.

Kyra E. Hicks is a self-taught, skilled crafter who uses cotton to explore political, religious, family and romantic themes. Her original story quilts document her experiences as a young, black, single woman. Her work has been shown in such prestigious venues as the American Craft Museum in New York, the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, and is included in the Permanent Collections of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City and the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Her work has also been featured in Essence, Folk Art, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and O Magazine. Kyra hosts an African American quilting news blog Black Threads as well as Publish Your Quilts, a blog to encourage quilters to document their work. She occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post Arts section. She loves historical, investigative research and rediscovering the lives of quilters past. She is the author of Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook, the children’s book Martha Ann’s Quilt for Queen Victoria , This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers’ Bible Quilt and Other Pieces and other books.


This event begins at 4pm on Thursday, September 12 , 2019 at LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster.

Tickets are $15 for LancasterHistory members and $25 for non-members. Advance tickets are required and may be purchased online by click the “Buy Tickets” button below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Questions and accessibility requests may be directed to or (717) 392-4633. Ticketholders should bring a paper printout of their tickets or be able to display their tickets on a cellphone or other internet-enabled device to check-in to the lecture.


Book Signing Lecture Program

September 12, 2019 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 4 - 5:30PM $15 Members | $25 Non-Members