Michigan Quilt Collections

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The institutions listed here are museums, historical societies, and libraries in Michigan with quilts or quilt-related ephemera in their collections. The institutions are arranged by county.

This listing represents a statewide project to inventory all of the quilts in public collections in Michigan in an effort to better understand the regional characteristics of the quilts produced in that state.

In the creation of this listing, we are indebted to research on Michigan quilt collections undertaken by Dr. Stephen Berg and the Preservation Committee of the Michigan Quilt Network and published as A Guide to Michigan Quilt Collections, Atlanta, MI: Back Porch Press, 1994.

Eventually, researchers hope to answer the question: Is there such a thing as a distinctively Michigan quilt?

Michigan Counties. Source: www.mi.gov


Suggestions for Using this Wiki

Clicking on the name of a museum takes you to the page about that museum's quilt collections.

If the name of the museum appears in purple, this means that someone has created a page for that institution. Follow the link, and feel free to edit and add to the page. If the name of the museum appears in red, a page for the museum has not yet been created. Please help the Quilt Index by clicking the red link and adding information (the new page will be created automatically when you click the 'save' button.)

  • PLEASE do not alter the names of any titles appearing in purple without consulting the Quilt Index staff--doing this breaks links and makes it impossible to navigate to the page!!!

To add information about a collection, please click on the NAME of the museum/archive/library you wish to edit, NOT the edit link on the righthand side of the page. The following kinds of information are especially useful for the Wiki's museum quilt collections pages:

  • Information about named quilt and textile collections owned by an institution
  • Highlights from an institution's quilt collection
  • The particular stregnths of an institution's quilt collection (geographic, stylistic, etc)
  • Areas in which the institution is actively seeking to expand its quilt collection (specific artists, traditions, regions)
  • Names, dates, and short descriptions of quilt exhibitions and symposia hosted by an institution
  • Descriptions of papers and/or ephemera relating to quilts owned by an institution
  • Information about quilt guilds, clubs or groups sponsored by an institution
  • Related publications
  • Links to any quilt-related projects the institution has done online
  • Information about uses of the quilt collection for educational outreach

ONLY click the edit link on the righthand side of the page if you adding a website url or a location for your institution. Please remember to type an asterisk before the url/location.

Alcona County

Alger County

Allegan County

Allegan County Historical Museum

Alpena County

Jesse Besser Museum

Antrim County

Elk Rapids Area Historical Society

Arenac County

Baraga County

Barry County

Bernard Historical Museum

Historic Charlton Park Village and Museum

Bay County

Benzie County

Benzie Area Historical Museum

Berrien County

Ft. St. Joseph Museum

North Berrien Historical Museum

Branch County

Wing House Museum

  • Located in Coldwater, MI

Calhoun County

Albion Historical Society

Honolulu House Museum

Cass County

Newton House

  • The museum of the Cass County Historical Society
  • Located in Cassopolis, MI

Charlevoix County

Beaver Island Historical Society

Harsha House Museum

Cheboygan County

Chippewa County

Clare County

Harrison Community Library

Clinton County

Paine-Gillam-Scott Museum

Crawford County

Delta County

Eaton County

Bellevue Historical Society

Courthouse Square Association

Grand Ledge Area Historical Society Museum

Emmet County

Genesee County

Flint Institute of Arts

Gladwin County

Gogebic County

Grand Traverse County

Dennos Museum Center

Grand Traverse Heritage Center

Gratiot County

Gratiot County Museum

Hillsdale County

Grosvenor House Museum

Houghton County

Carnegie Museum

Houghton County Historical Museum

Huron County

Caseville Historical Society

Frank Murphy Memorial Museum

  • Located in Harbor Beach, MI

Huron City Museums

Ingham County

Mason Area Historical Society

Michigan eLibrary

Michigan Historical Museum

Michigan State University Museum

  • http://museum.msu.edu/s-program/mtap/Collections/quilts.html
  • Quilt Index project partner and contributing institution
  • Houses the Michigan Quilt Project Collection (records of ongoing statewide documentation project) and over 600 quilts, including the Michigan African American Quiltmaking Collection, Cuesta Benberry Collection of African and African American Quilts and Ephemera, Kitty Clark Cole Quilt Collection, Deborah Harding Redwork Ephemera and Quilt Collection, and an extensive collection of Native American quilts and records from the To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions Project
  • Hosts virtual exhibition Mary Schafer and Her Legacy http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/exhibits_Schafer.html

Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame

Ionia County

Ionia County Historical Society

Iosco County

Iron County

Iron County Historical Museum

  • Located in Caspian, MI

Isabella County

Shepherd Area Historical Society

Jackson County

Ella Sharp Museum

Kalamazoo County

Kalkaska County

Kalkaska County Historical Museum

Kent County

Gerald R. Ford Museum

Public Museum of Grand Rapids

Voigt House Victorian Museum

Keweenaw County

Keweenaw County Historical Society

Lake County

Lapeer County

Leelanau County

Empire Area Museum

Leelanau Historical Museum

Lenawee County

Livingston County

Livingston County Historical

  • Located in Howell, MI

Luce County

Mackinac County

Macomb County

Manistee County

Marquette County

Mason County

Mecosta County

Menominee County

Menominee County Historical Museum

Midland County

Missaukee County

Monroe County

Montcalm County

Flat River Historical Museum

Montmorency County

Muskegon County

Newaygo County

Oakland County

Oceana County

Ogemaw County

Ontonagon County

Osceola County

Oscoda County

Otsego County

Otsego County Historical Museum

Ottawa County

Holland Museum

Presque Isle County

Presque Isle County Historical Museum

Presque Isle Lighthouse Museum

Roscommon County

Saginaw County

Castle Museum of Saginaw County History

Frankenmuth Historical Museum

Sanilac County

Schoolcraft County

Shiawassee County

Michigan Railroad History Museum

St. Clair County

Port Huron Museum

St. Joseph County

Tuscola County

Mayville Area Museum of History and Genealogy

  • Located in Mayville, MI

Van Buren County

Historical Association of South Haven

Michigan Maritime Museum

Van Buren County Museum

Washtenaw County

Dexter Area Museum

Wayne County

Detroit Historical Museum

The Henry Ford

Wexford County

Manton Area Historical Museum

Wexford County Historical Society

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