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November 28: Fun and Informative Quilts & Genealogy


The fourth Tuesday of every month, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents fun and informative Quilts & Genealogy talks at the Jackson County Genealogy Library. November 28, Southern Oregon Historical Society Archivist, Pat Harper, shares images and details about quilts from the SOHS collection, and stories about some of the families that treasured them, including the Hanley, Colver, Sandoz and Merriman families. In a recorded interview, Mary Hanley (1893-1986) said that she and her sisters, Martha and Claire, “and Grandmother Hanley were quilters,” as was their Great-grandmother, Mary Ann Harris Chambers. In the master bedroom of the Hanley home, there is a hand-stitched quilt made by Mary Ann, and was created in the “Trapunto” style, a technique used to add unique texture to the quilt. Apparently there were two of these quilts. Mary said that, when “Grandmother died of smallpox, they just rolled her body up in the quilt.” 

Quilt and genealogy talks are FREE and open to the public! November 28, 1:30pm-2:30pm. Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford. Call 541-512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, stop by the library in person, or contact Denise Salthouse at 805-448-1776, or denise.salthouse@gmail.com. For a complete list of events, visit www.rvgsociety.org. 

 

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