Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection

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Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection

Explore American quilts like you've never seen before.

Coming Spring 2022

Once in a lifetime opportunity! Explore the extraordinary private American quilt collection of award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in the collection's first public tour!

"Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection" showcases 26 colorful historic American quilts, dating from the 1850s to the 1940s, on loan from the private collection of the legendary documentarian. Peoria Riverfront Museum is the first museum on the road and one of only three to debut this rare exhibition.

The 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 support from Laurie & Todd Baker, Visionary Society and Illinois Arts Council Agency. In partnership with Gems on the Prairie Quilters.

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