2017 Past Exhibits

Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection

04. Oval Boxes (2)January 28, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Mercer Museum

The Mercer Museum presents an extraordinary exhibition, Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection.  The exhibit tells the story of the first and most avid collectors of the Shaker art, Faith and Edward Deming Andrews. This exhibition of approximately 200 objects, including crafts, and household objects such as textiles, baskets, kitchen implements, and furniture, is the most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials ever assembled, providing insight into the Andrews’ complex role as pioneers in the field of Shaker studies.  Included with museum admission.

Gather Up the Fragments is organized by Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA, and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Image: Wall Clock, Mount Lebanon, NY, 1840. Andrews Collection, Hancock Shaker Village. Photo by Michael Fredericks.

The exhibit is locally sponsored by:

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Hendrixson’s Furniture
Pennsylvania Trust


May 13, 2017 – August 13, 2017

Mercer Museum

The Mary Schafer Collection traces the life and work of an important early collector, designer, maker and popularizer of quilts and quilting traditions.  Born in Austria-Hungary in 1910 and later immigrating to the United States, Mary Schafer would become one of an important group of women who kept quilting and quilt studies alive between World War II and the 1970’s quilting revival.  The twenty-five quilts featured in A Legacy of Quilt History reflect the varying aspects of Schafer’s interest and work, from the nineteenth-century quilts she collected and documented to her own exquisite work, sometimes created in collaboration with others.   A Legacy of Quilt History is a Michigan State University Museum/Great Lakes Quilt Center, Michigan Traditional Arts Program activity, supported in part by funds from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Additional support was provided by Kitty Clark Cole and Country Stitches.

Also on display, adjoining the quilt exhibit, is Small Worlds: The Sharon Holloway Dollhouse and Miniatures Collection featuring five elaborate structures including a Mansard-roofed Victorian home, a Colonial Revival home (including a detached garage and gazebo), a country store and quilt shop, a Georgian Revival townhouse and garden setting, and a country vernacular structure complete with carpenter gothic trim.  Three of the buildings are electrified and all are fully furnished.  Each either opens, or is cutaway to reveal its highly-detailed interior.

The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History is locally sponsored by: DHealth-Entity-2C_LIVE

Mary Jane Clemens
Jim and Kathy Morrison
Barbara Fighera Harrison



Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
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• The Mercer Museum will close early at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2023 for a private event.

• Fonthill Castle will close early on Saturday, September 30, 2023 for a private event. The final tour of the day will start at 2:00 p.m.

Full schedule and ticket information can be found here.