Date(s) – Feb 09 2020
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will host a free event for visitors on Sunday, February 9th, 2020.
The “Tea With Frankie” event will provide visitors with a chance to experience the exhibit, “Style With Substance: The Designs of Frankie Welch” as they enjoy tea and cookies in the museum from 2-4pm on Sunday, February 9th. This temporary exhibition, made possible through the support of Mohawk Industries, the Welch family and the Rome Area History Museum, features a selection of Mrs. Welch’s work that represents her career and influences with particular emphasis on her connection and work related to Georgia, the Rome community and Native American history.
Textile designer Frankie Welch is a native of Rome, who grew up with a keen interest in fashion and sewing. She moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 1952 with her husband, William, whose work in a variety of government agencies granted her access to the political scene in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Welch became a private fashion consultant and personal shopper for Washington’s high society, opening her own clothing store in 1963. Frankie Welch is best known for creating over 4,000 designs for scarves, dresses, and accessories for companies, political campaigns, and government initiatives, including her famous “Cherokee Alphabet Scarf.” Mrs. Welch also designed items for several First Ladies including Betty Ford, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush. Her work has been sold and featured in venues all over the world and resides in several museum collections today, including the Smithsonian.
Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is proud to host the “Tea With Frankie” event as part of Super Museum Sunday, an annual event sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society that allows Georgians and visitors alike to experience our state’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and throughout Georgia open their doors to the public, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard.
The “Tea With Frankie” event is free and open to the public from 2-4pm on Sunday, February 9th 2020 at the museum located at 501 Riverside Parkway in Rome. For more information on these upcoming events, contact the museum at (706) 291-9494