by Kristin CasaleReporterMunroe Falls -- The Munroe Falls Historical Society will get a little "crazy" when a new exhibit goes on display in the group's museum.The Munroe Falls Historical Museum will kick off its "Crazy Quilt Exhibit" Feb. 18, displaying a number of quilts that were popular from 1880 to 1920, according to museum curator Marilyn Lown. Kent resident Grace Rymer, who makes and embroiders her own crazy quilts, will visit the museum Feb. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. to speak to visitors and possibly demonstrate her craft. Lown said crazy quilts were made from silk, stating the material became popular after the Civil War because the cotton industry declined when slavery ended. The silk quilts often included sections with unique shapes, so they are referred to as crazy quilts, she explained."Shapes were stitched to a background of fabric," said Lown. "Some of the ones we have [at the museum] were sewn on pieces that are probably 30 square inches."She added many quilts made during this period of time often included "fancy stitches" made of silk that were embroidered around the shapes."All this was done by hand," said Lown, stating the quilts often displayed animals, insects and flowers.She said the museum will show eight quilts, though Rymer is expected to bring a few of her own.A notable quilt that will be displayed in the museum was donated by the family of Wilbur Gaylord, said Lown. The quilt, which dates back to the early 1880s, shows the initials of descendants of the Gaylord family, she said.According to Lown, the Gaylords were one of the first families to settle the city in 1809, and Gaylord Drive is named after them.She said another quilt that was made in the 1900s by her husband Eldon's grandmother also will be featured in the exhibit.Lown said she is excited for the exhibit to begin."I'm looking forward to it," she said. "It's unique."The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display in the museum until June 17, said Lown. The museum is open on the third Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. from February through June and September through December.The Munroe Falls Historical Museum is located at 83 Munroe Falls Ave.For additional information, call Lown at 330-688-5878 or e-mail her at Lown96@aol.com.Historical Society to host slide showThe Historical Society is scheduled to host a slide show program Feb. 5 featuring Silver Lake Park. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Munroe Falls City Hall, 43 Munroe Falls Ave.The Silver Lake slide show was made in 1975, and is narrated by Duncan Wolcott. The 35-acre recreational park surrounding Silver Lake was started by Ralph H. Lodge of Munroe Falls in the late 1870s. The park closed at the onset of World War I.For more information about the Lodge family or the park, visit www.geocities.com/villageofsilverlakeohio.E-mail: kcasale@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3917