As we celebrate the holidays and 2010 comes to a close, we also mark the conclusion of the American Textile History Museum’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Thank you to everyone who participated in the broad array of festivities throughout the year, from the fun-filled Open House in May to the elegant Community Service Award Gala in November.
When we began planning for the 50th Anniversary, we wanted to include a variety of activities for all ages and interests, and we also wanted to have a lasting memento of this important milestone. After a brief discussion, it was decided that a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt would be a very appropriate keepsake, and would also provide an opportunity for our donors to be permanently recognized.
We are very fortunate to have many talented and generous friends among the stakeholders of ATHM. Rhonda Galpern of the New England Quilt Museum was enlisted to design the quilt. Once the main theme was decided, ATHM Trustee and master weaver Ruth Ward worked with Rhonda to depict the decades of our history through a progression of five different weave patterns. Rhonda’s design also included a circle with spokes that can be interpreted as a gear or a spinning wheel. Between the spokes are the names of 50 donors to ATHM. Towards the bottom of the quilt are the original and the new Museum logos, as well as photos of our former and present home.
The cutting, piecing and quilting took many hours and a tremendous amount of expertise. Although many hands were involved and they all deserve our thanks, the majority of the hours were put in by Rhonda, Marie Leone, and Judy Clark.
The completed quilt was displayed for the first time at the Community Service Award Gala in November. It will soon be hung at the Museum as a fitting tribute to our long and distinguished fifty-year history, and as a special thank you to our many donors and stakeholders without whose support we could not fulfill our mission to tell America’s story through the art, science, and history of textiles.
Director of Advancement