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The Stone Fort Museum

Upcoming Exhibit
September 12 – December 20, 2017

Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections

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The apron is an artifact that both documents changes in fashion and domestic work and connects diverse groups through shared experiences. Whether simple or fanciful, the apron evokes powerful memories of friendly gatherings, family celebrations, hard work and good food; especially the food.  When we remember grandmother in her work apron from can to can’t or presenting a holiday meal in her embroidered apron, we find common ground across communities and generations.

The traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections, includes 46 portraits of men and women aged 13 to 109 with accompanying narrative panels and 100 vintage aprons. The oral histories gathered by exhibit curator, EllynAnne Geisel, explore the people behind the aprons and give life to the fabrics. Photographer Kristina Loggia documented the storytellers with portraits that complement the narratives.

Mark your calendars for the opening event and community collection day, Aprons and Recipes: Tied up with Memories, on Friday, September 29 from 1 - 8 p.m. Bring a family apron, your heirloom recipe and your memories! Throughout the afternoon, SFA students and museum staff will record your stories and objects for an online exhibit on aprons and recipes. Stop by to share your stories and stay to hear your neighbor’s story. The stories, food (and a chance to make an apron) will continue through the evening.

The campus of Stephen F. Austin State University is home to a fort, and not just any fort. A fort that was a trading post, private home, church, jail, and saloon - but never a fort. A fort that was built three times, and a fort that was torn down by men to be re-erected by women. Read more about the history of the Stone Fort.

Admissions & Hours

Admission for individuals is free of charge. Educational programs are by reservation only. Call 936-468-2408 for group rates and more information.
Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and University Holidays.


From North Street, Business Highway 59, enter Stephen F. Austin State University at Griffith Boulevard. The Museum will be on your left at the intersection of Griffith and Clarke Boulevards. Free parking for visitors is available only on the front and the south sides of the Museum. Paid parking is available in the covered garage across from the Museum.


Phone: 936-468-2408
Fax: 936-468-7084

Stephen F. Austin State University
Stone Fort Museum
Post Office Box 6075
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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