Two Smithsonian sessions slated for this weekend

Published 10:12am Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This weekend there will be two separate sessions in the “Working by the River” program series in Wetumpka. Both will be held Saturday. One – The Heritage of Heirloom Quilting – will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Black History Museum on Lancaster Street. The second – WPA/New Deal Art Treasures – will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery on South Main Street.

A variety of handmade quilts will be on display at The Heritage of Heirloom Quilting session. Information about the history of quilting through its revival in the modern day will be offered.

Karen Henricks, PhD from Jacksonville State University will present the session on the WPA/New Deal Art Treasures. Henricks is a leading expert on Alabama’s participation in the Works Progress Administration and other releated New Deal programs.

The lecture will include recently discovered information about the four large Alabama history murals painted by Harlyn Grout Dickinson which are currently displayed in the auditorium of the Wetumpka Performing Arts Center.

Mark Harris of the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery said he is excited about the provenance of the murals.

“The gallery’s objective is to see that the murals are properly preserved and that the public has knowledge of this hidden treasure located here in Wetumpka,” he said.

The Working by the River program series, along with several exhibitions and displays, are all part of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit The Way We Worked currently showcased in the Elmore County Museum in Wetumpka. The exhibition will end July 6.

There is no charge to attend any of the programs or visit any of the exhibitions.

For more information on Working by the River events, visit

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