Chenille Bedspread

Chenille Bedspreads; From Rummage to Treasure  

The Door County Historical Society is excited to announce our first temporary exhibit, “Chenille Bedspreads: From Rummage to Treasure.” The exhibit will be held in the Village Chapel at the Heritage Village at Big Creek from September 2 through October 4. The opening day, September 2nd, will also be the Heritage Village’s festival, Vintage Day.

What started as a donation of several old linens to the Door County Historical Society for its annual rummage sale evolved into a nostalgic exhibit celebrating “Chenille Bedspreads.” Highlighting the history of the chenille industry, guests can learn how early “tufters” created designs on fabric. This immersive exhibit will allow guests to “walk down memory lane” as they learn about which stores sold chenille products in Sturgeon Bay.

Over 40 chenille items will be on display and the exhibit will explore chenille’s history, techniques, fashion, and local availability. Surprising to some, chenille was not only used for the “bedspreads at grandma’s house.” From fashionable clothing items, to rugs, curtains and stuffed animals, chenille products were popular throughout the home.

“Chenille Bedspreads; From Rummage to Treasure” will be open for viewing Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10-3:00 pm during the Heritage Village at Big Creek’s regular hours, from September 2 through October 4. The exhibit and admission fee is $6 for adults, and is free for children under 18. The Heritage Village is located just east of the Highway 42/57 and Michigan Street roundabout, at 2140 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. For additional program information contact the Door County Historical Society at (920), or email

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