Amish Arts 1900-1940: From the Pottinger Collection at Goshen College

The exhibit presents a wide range of domestic folk arts gathered from Old Order Amish communities in primarily Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in north central Indiana. Quilts, comforters, clothing, dolls, rugs, pincushions, sewing caddies, etc. The exhibit includes several rare pieces of paint-decorated furniture—chest of drawers, blanket chest, one-drawer stand—dating from as early as 1871. These objects come from a recent gift to Goshen College, by generous donors, of material collected, beginning in 1977, by David Pottinger, formerly of Honeyville, Indiana, now of Goshen.

Other Amish collections from Pottinger are held by the Museum of American Folk Art, Indiana State Museum, Illinois State Museum and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Curated by John Mishler, David Pottinger and Faye Peterson. Sponsored by the Art Department and the Mennonite-Amish Museum Committee, both of Goshen College.

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