The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is pleased to be hosting Grandma’s Tissues: A Collection of
Handkerchiefs. The exhibit will be on display at the Hayner Center from July 21 to September 24,
2017 with an opening reception on Friday, July 21st from 5:00 – 6:45 pm. The Hayner Center is
located at 301 West Main Street in Troy, Ohio. The exhibit and reception are 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 18thcentury
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.
Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 West Main Street, Troy, OH 45373. Hours of operation are
Monday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. –
5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The Hayner Center is closed on holidays.
For more information, please visit www.troyhayner.org or call (937) 339-0457.