Tie One On… An Apron, of Course! – Traveling Exhibit
With the final showing of APRON CHRONICLES, I’d announced to the universe that my apron journeying days were at an end. The twenty years spent traveling America, gathering aprons, meeting storytellers and compiling their recollections had brought into my life an abundance of joy…surely enough to last the rest of my days. What I hadn’t anticipated was a latent pining for further apron journeying.
With the elements of the closed exhibit set aside, I visualized a new exhibit that would showcase the complexities of who we are as humans through 42 storytellers, vintage aprons and snapshots of apron-wearing women, men and children.
Introducing TIE ONE ON…an apron, of course! , a traveling exhibit which explores the human experience through a humble domestic icon.
“Hosting EllynAnne’s exhibit, Tie One On… An Apron of Course, was an absolute pleasure start to finish. The personal stories touched every one of our visitors. People of all ages and backgrounds came out of the exhibit excited to share their own apron stories and memories with staff, often with tears in their eyes. The aprons and what they represent really created a connection with our community that was a joy to see. We would highly recommend Tie One On to anyone looking for an meaningful and engaging exhibition for their institution.”
Lindsey G. Hinnrichs, Programming
Old Courthouse Heritage Museum
The exhibit comes from EllynAnne Geisel, of Apron Memories, who has been collecting aprons and the powerful stories they tell, for over 20 years! According to Geisel, “an apron memory isn’t a scholarly dissertation. It isn’t mired in dusty facts and details. It is a story of life and memory that engages and catches you up in the telling. The storyteller’s voices tap into our collective memories and experiences via universal themes, such as Gratitude, Wellness, Survival, Fortitude, Opportunity, Tradition, and Faith.”