The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) is hosting a temporary exhibit, Chenille Bedspreads: From Rummage to Treasure. The exhibit is held in the Village Chapel at the Heritage Village at Big Creek through July 14.
What started as a donation of several old linens to the DCHS for its annual rummage sale evolved into a nostalgic exhibit celebrating chenille. Chenille is the French word for caterpillar and the word chenille is given to the yarn used for the bedspreads because of its fuzzy, tufted texture.
More than 40 chenille items are on display and the exhibit will explore chenille’s history, techniques for making the bedspreads, fashion and local availability. The exhibit allows guests to “walk down memory lane” as they learn about which Sturgeon Bay stores sold chenille products and learn the equivalent cost in today’s dollars.
Chenille Bedspreads is open for viewing Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm during the Heritage Village at Big Creek’s regular hours. The exhibit and admission fee is $6.50 for adults, and donations are requested children under 18. The Heritage Village is located at 2140 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. For more information call 920.421.2332, visit DoorCountyHistoricalSociety.org or email [email protected]