There’s still time to see”Grandma’s Tissues: A Collection of Handkerchiefs,” an exhibit on display through Sept. 24, at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Handkerchief collector and historian Helen Smith states, “At first, a handkerchief is just a handkerchief, but upon closer scrutiny I see not only fine needle art but also a study in history, travel, and culture.”
Historically, handkerchiefs have had many purposes. The documented use of handkerchiefs dates as far back as the Greek and Roman Empires, when they were not only used for hygienic purposes, but for as a signal for gladiatorial games to begin. By the 18th century, handkerchiefs were fashionably carried by both men and women, but had become so cumbersome that Marie Antoinette had her husband Louis XVI of France, declare that “handkerchiefs be of regular size.”
This display of artistic and historic handkerchiefs is part of a large personal collection and is being exhibited in memory of Virginia and Fred Merch.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is supported by the citizens of the Troy City School District through a local tax levy and gifts to the Friends of Hayner.
Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 W. Main St., Troy. Hours of operation are 7-9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The Hayner Center is closed on holidays. For more information, please visit www.troyhayner.org or call (937) 339-0457.