Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection

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Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection

Explore American quilts like you've never seen before.

January 30 through April 26, 2021

"Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection" showcases 26 historic American quilts, dating from the 1850s to the 1940s, on loan from the private collection of award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Peoria Riverfront Museum is among the first museums to debut this exhibition.

The one-of-a-kind exhibition was organized by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which owns the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. Museum experts selected and interpreted key quilts from the Burns collection using stories that connect visitors to the history, beauty and science behind the art of quilting. 

Each of these textiles represents a moment in time and American history - a nexus of individuals and geography and culture that can never be fully recovered, but which is nevertheless represented in these strikingly graphic compositions.
— Ken Burns


The museum gratefully acknowledges our exhibition presenting sponsors, Flo & Sid Banwart, with additional sponsorship by the Visionary Society and Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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View the remarkable story "The Quilts of Ken Burns" on PBS!