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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
August 12, 2011

Contact:
Chris Cate
245.6522

Secretary Browning Announces Opening of 30th Annual Capital City Quilt Show

Show opens Friday, August 19, 2011, in the Museum of Florida History

TALLAHASSEE – Secretary of State Kurt Browning today announced that the 30th Annual Capital City Quilt Show will open Friday, August 19, at the Department of State’s Museum of Florida History. The annual show is one of the museum’s most popular regional exhibits, bringing visitors to Tallahassee annually from northern Florida, southern Georgia and southern Alabama.

“The 30th Annual Capital City Quilt Show is the result of a long-standing and extremely successful partnership between the Museum of Florida History and Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee,” said Secretary Browning. “The variety of talents on display at this year’s show is truly incredible and worth seeing.”

More than 80 hand-crafted and machine-made quilts and wall hangings will be featured at this year’s show. Traditional components of the quilt show include the challenge quilts; a chance to win the opportunity quilt, which is awarded at the end of the exhibit; and a silent auction throughout the run of the show. The exhibit will also include a historic quilt from the museum’s collection called Grandmother’s Flower Garden Variation, circa 1880–1910. This will be the first time this historic quilt has been on exhibit.

A scavenger hunt has been developed for students who are interested in exploring the exhibition and learning more about the art and history of quilting. A program in conjunction with the quilt show is also planned for History at High Noon on August, 23, at the Museum of Florida History.

The quilt show will extend through Wednesday, November 6, 2011.

About the Museum of Florida History

The Florida Department of State’s Museum of Florida History, managed by the Division of Cultural Affairs, is located inside the R. A. Gray Building, home of the Florida Department of State, at 500 South Bronough Street in Tallahassee, Florida. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. While at the Museum, take time to browse in Florida’s History Shop and enjoy lunch or a snack at Fat Sandwich café.  For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.museumoffloridahistory.com.