Lancaster County Amish Quilts from the Espirit Quilt Collection

Lancaster County Amish Quilts from the Espirit Quilt Collection

Two men hold the edge of a red and purple quilt.
Dr. Jim McMahon and Nick Siegert from LancasterHistory hold the corner of one of the Esprit Quilts. Photograph courtesy of Art Petrosemolo.

Doug Tompkins, American businessman and co-founder of Esprit Clothing, assembled a large collection of Amish quilts including 82 made in Lancaster County between 1880 and 1950. Join us for a special Esprit Quilt showing to view a selection of these iconic quilts and learn more about their history, cultural significance, and the women who made them.

In Collections Up Close programs, LancasterHistory staff and visiting experts highlight documents, photos, and artifacts from LancasterHistory’s vast collections. In a conversational setting, participants will hear the stories of these objects and what they reveal to us about the history of Lancaster County and its place in American history.

“Lancaster County Amish Quilts from the Esprit Quilt Collection,” a Collections Up Close program, takes place on Saturday, November 9 with two presentations, one at 11am and one at 2pm, at LancasterHistory. Tickets are $10/LancasterHistory Members and $15/Non-Members. To register, please click the applicable program hour below or call (717) 392-4633.

Register for the 11am Program

Register for the 2pm Program

For those who previously attended quilt showing in March 2024, the November program will feature a mix of quilts that appeared in March’s program as well as others from the collections.

In-Person Event Program

November 9, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster Programs at 11am & 2pm $10 LH Members | $15 Non-Members