Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will host a free event for visitors on Sunday, Feb. 9. 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 2-4 p.m. 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.
For more: (706) 291-9494 or chieftainsmuseum.org.