THE CAMDEN SHOE SHOP & QUILT MUSEUM
The Camden Shoe Shop & Quilt Museum, owned and directed by Betty Anderson, pays homage to Anderson's parents and grandparents along with their hometowns of Camden and Gee's Bend. Guests are given tours personally by Betty, who not only entertains each and every guest with her captivating stories, but also educates citizens and tourists about local and regional history, quilting, civil rights, and religion. The museum includes an eclectic display of quilts, furniture, artwork, period clothing, and documents, along with her father's (Joe Anderson) historic shoe repair equipment, which dates to the late 1800's.
Betty Anderson's mother (Marie Coleman Anderson) and grandmother (Minder Coleman) made most of the quilts by hand in Gee's Bend, and they date from 1920 to 2011 - when Marie Coleman Anderson quilted the "911 Quilt".
Step back in time and listen to Betty Anderson stitch a tale of life and regional culture at her Camden Shoe Shop & Quilt Museum. The museum is walking distance from historic downtown Camden and Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center, where Betty is an Artist in Residence and has a studio for making her Gee's Bend Lye Soap and her Gee's Bend Women dolls.
You may catch Betty at the museum throughout the week, but your best bet is to make an appointment. Please be sure to call Betty to schedule large tour groups, or to confirm your visit at (718) 839-3501 or (334) 682-9878.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS and IN-SCHOOL ARTS ENRICHMENT/HISTORY PROGRAMS
Betty is available to visit your organization or school for a fee. Speakers include Betty Anderson and Kristin Law, Art Programs Director at BBTCAC.
Programs available include Wilcox County Quilting History; Betty's Involvement In the Selma to Montgomery March; Lye Soap Making; Women of Gee's Bend Dolls; and more upon request. Hands on projects available for additional fee.
For more information regarding Programs: (334) 682-9878 or firstname.lastname@example.org, include in subject "Betty Anderson Tour and Program Information"
222 Planters Street in Camden, located on the corner of Planters and Union Streets. Just look for the brightly painted sidewalk.
Absolutely Alabama's visit to the Camden Shoe Shop Museum
Alabama Farmers Coop "Cooperative Farming News" Article "Step Back in Time"
Auburn University's Living Democracy Program article on Betty Anderson, by Laura Agee
Hilltop Montessori School's visit to Camden Shoe Shop Museum and BBTCAC