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150 Years of Quilting Traditions


Heritage quilts on display at Daly House Museum until September 19, 2017

Daly House Museum New Quilt Exhibit – 150 Years of Quilting Traditions

 BRANDON, MB – Eileen Trott, Curator of the Daly House Museum, announced today that the Museum has launched an exciting new quilt exhibit in their Community Gallery to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial.  The exhibit is now open and runs until September.

The exhibit is a 150-year retrospective on quilting.  The oldest piece is dated 1850 – a delicate kaleidoscope of muted silk triangles hand stitched together.  The newest piece is dated 2015 – a provincial prize-winning and eye-popping queen size quilt using peacock colours of brilliant turquoise, purple, and royal blue.

Century Barns of Canada Quilt by Verna Sparks

In between the oldest and newest are approximately fifty quilts of various sizes, shapes, textures and patterns.  Some are familiar – remember ‘Sunbonnet Sue’, ‘Wedding Ring’ and ‘Log Cabin’?  Many were done as gifts for family members to commemorate special occasions – graduations, weddings and births.  And some are unique and personal.  For example, ‘Barns’ quilt, designed and constructed by local quilter Verna Sparks, was done to commemorate the centennial of the More Farm near Hartney, Manitoba.  Depicting farm scenes, it was made from 223 different fabrics and 130 yards of silk ribbon.

When people enter the Community Gallery a consistent reaction is, ‘Wow’.   A powerful wall of colour, texture, and pattern hits their eyes.   If you love quilting, you will love this exhibit.  Even if you don’t love quilting, you will appreciate the creativity, work, and love that went into creating these amazing quilts.

This exhibit is supported by Nifty Needlers, a Brandon quilting group, as well as by many enthusiastic members of the community at large.

Daly House Museum, which showcases Victorian era furniture and artifacts on three levels, is located at 122-18th Street and is open from 1 PM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Saturday.  Those hours will be expanded for July and August.  Please check the website for details. The quilting exhibit will run until September 19, 2017.


Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba

First Nation Performers at Brandon Summer Fair c.1910

Daly House Museum is excited to announce our upcoming summer project and fall exhibit Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba.

The project is a special Canada 150th exhibit that will explore the recreational and community activities of Brandon and Western Manitoba citizens around 1910.  It will compare how those activities and the community has changed over the past one hundred years.



Brandon Turf Club Races c.1910


Daly House Museum holds a significant collection of photographs from c. 1910 depicting Brandon and rural area activities including Dominion Day sporting events, First Nations demonstrations at the Brandon Summer Fair, the Brandon Lawn Tennis Club and trips to the Pelican Lake resort at Ninette, Manitoba.  These historic and one of a kind photographs provide a unique opportunity to develop an exhibit that explores the social lives of Brandon and Western Manitoba citizens during when Brandon and the province was changing into the modern age.  The exhibit is also an opportunity to explore the importance of these activities in today’s society and how social norms related to these activities has changed.

Our goals for this exhibit is to display the historic images with supporting archival documents and artifacts beside modern images, stories and loaned artifacts to create an exhibit that highlights the following themes Sports Events, Country Excursions and Activities, Clubs, and Community Fairs.

As a fun add-on to this exhibit, we are extending a fun contest through social media to the public.  More information can be found on our Facebook page

Pelican Lake Beach c.1910




As a part of our community’s celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Daly House will hold a special opening for the public when the exhibit opens in October 2017. The exhibit will be displayed from October 10, 2017 to February 3, 2018.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Brandon Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

















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