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The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore
For over 30 years Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute & Museum has documented the folkways of the people living in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. Through gallery exhibits, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, the Blue Ridge Farm Museum, the Blue Ridge Heritage Archives, and innovative outreach programming, the BRI promotes a special understanding of regional folklife for all ages and audiences. At the same time the Institute's focus adds a unique element to Ferrum College's modern academic programs.
FERRUM COLLEGE is a four-year liberal arts, residential college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. For more information visit our web site.
The Great Western Virginia Cover-Up: Historic Quilts & Bedcovers
Over 50 of Southwest Virginia’s finest old quilts and coverlets take center stage in the BRI&M's newly renovated duPont Gallery now through Spring 2013. The exhibition showcases the region’s bedcover-making traditions from the 1700s to 1950. Admission is free.
Western Virginia’s vintage bedcovers tell a rich saga of rural women, inventors, soldiers, publishers, and even hog feed salesmen. The Great Western Virginia Cover-Up includes premier examples of “whitework” spreads, album quilts, Virginia Rose quilts, crazy quilts, and the exceedingly rare bed rugs.