“New England Quilts and the Stories they Tell” with OLLI

1880 Family Heritage Carolina Quilt that will be on display. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Pamela Weeks, quilt historian, will present “New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell” at the next Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center on Pleasant Street in Springfield, Vt.

History is stitched into family quilts. By observing the patterns and fabrics, we can learn quite a bit about when and where the quilt was made. Pamela Weeks will enlighten us about the history involved in quilt making and the stories they tell.

Quilting is not just an American art; nearly every world culture that has cold weather uses quilted textiles. She will weave world history, women’s history, industrial history, and just plain wonderful stories into her presentation. Audience members are invited to bring one family heritage quilt for her to examine and include in her presentation. For those bringing a quilt, please arrive by 1:30 p.m. and provide a piece of paper with some basic information about the quilt.

Pamela Weeks is the curator of the Binney New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass. She is the author of “Civil War Quilts” and articles on quilt history. She gives her quilt lectures nationally. This program is co-sponsored by the Springfield Art & Historical Society.

Pamela Weeks. Photo provided

OLLI, affiliated with the University of Vermont, is a local membership program geared towards seniors 50 years and older who want to engage in meaningful learning “just for the fun of it!” People of all ages who are interested in this type of program are welcome to attend. The OLLI series programs are selected with input from the local members and carry varied themes from semester to semester including history, art, music, literature, health, nature, science, travel, and current events. Programs are held Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

Membership for the semester includes nine programs. Nonmembers are welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program fee. Fees may be paid at the program.

The following OLLI program will be Tuesday, Oct 1 with Rick Winston, author and film historian, presenting “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960.”

The complete Springfield and statewide program list is available online at www.learn.uvm.edu/olli. Choose statewide programs from the menu, and then select Springfield.

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