Thursday, February 20, 2014

Public Lecture - "The Importance of Being Ernest" by Jonathan Gregory

Earlier this month, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions Jonathan Gregory gave a public lecture about Ernest Haight. Ernest was a Nebraska farmer, trained engineer, father, husband, son and legendary quiltmaker.

Ernest generated quite a buzz in his day - and not simply because he was a man making quilts. His techniques innovative techniques and bold - and often surprising quilts - drew plenty of attention.

Jonathan, who curated our exhibition “The Engineer Who Could: Ernest Haight’s Half Century of Quiltmaking,” drew from extensive study of Haight’s quilts, correspondence and diaries for the talk. Thanks to generous support from Humanities Nebraska, we're able to share that lecture with you here.

You can also learn more about Ernest's life, family, innovations, style and legacy by watching this series of videos:

You can learn more about Ernest by viewing the online exhibition on our website. 

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