See more than 30 Jacquard coverlets with astounding colors, unique patterns and fine craftsmanship by Indiana weavers. Look beyond the beauty and practicality of these blankets and interact with the materials used while exploring their complexity and global connections. Primarily used as bedspreads during the 19th century, coverlets teach us many things about early settler life in Indiana. Download our gallery guide.

February 3 through June 30, 2024

This experience is located on Level Three and is included with purchase of museum admission.

Purchase admission

Meet the Collector: John Simmermaker

John Simmermaker of Pulaski County collected his first antique coverlet in 1972. Since then, with the help and support of his family, he has built one of the most respected coverlet collections in the country with over 700 examples, including at least 400 Indiana Jacquards. His coverlets include remarkably rare dyes, historically interesting motifs, and nearly every known Indiana weaver’s trademark. He is a member of the Colonial Coverlet Guild of America (CCGA) and has exhibited at the Midwest Museum of American Art and the National Museum of the American Coverlet.

The coverlets of Woven Together were selected for the John and Janet Simmermaker Family Collection.

1 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, February 25

Sunday, March 24

Sunday, April 28

Sunday, May 19

Sunday June 23

Meet the Expert: Abby Dennis

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore weaving using a portable loom and creating designs inspired by this exhibit.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday, April 12

Friday, April 26

Friday, May 3

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