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Apron Chronicles: Patchwork of American Recollections

Event Details

July 15, 2014 9:00 AM — October 4, 2014
Location: Grout Museum of History & Science
503 South Street,
Waterloo, IA/50701
Contact Name: Robin Venter
Email: robin.venter@gmdistrict.org
Phone: 319-234-6357

Event Description

Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections, is America’s most nostalgic, thought provoking and generational friendly traveling exhibition. Pairing powerful photography with real world stories and sentimental ties tothe past in the form of vintage aprons, the exhibit tells the emotional stories of 46 individuals, each of whom have unique memories about apronsand the people who wore them.
Pairing artifacts and stories with portraits taken by award-winning photographer Kristina Loggia, the diverse contributors include a 111‐year‐old mother and her only child; a Holocaust survivor; a biology professor from Mali, Africa and a preteen and her grandmother. Their stories explore the people behind the aprons and give life to the fabrics and the exhibit. Adding emphasis and history to these stories, the gallery space also features 150 vintage aprons, hung on clotheslines throughout the exhibit.
Prompted by project writer and apron curator EllynAnne Geisel, the contributors to Apron Chronicles recall the women in their lives who wore aprons and what they represented to their family; an event when an apron was worn; recipes; values and traditions from gentler, less complicated times; the bond between parent and child; survival; friendship; opportunity; challenge; and modern perspective.
Apron Chronicles national recognition includes Time magazine,
The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Weekend Edition.