ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: OREGON QUILT PROJECT DOCUMENTATION
Based on the Oregon Quilt Project (OQP) training and forms, in 2014 the Jackson County Genealogy Library Quilt Registry Project began. Since then, Rogue Valley Genealogical Society
(RVGS) volunteers have documented 68 quilts in Southern Oregon and that information will be entered into the OQP archives. October 29, RVGS Volunteers and the Jackson County Genealogy Library have the opportunity to work with quilt historian, Mary Bywater Cross, along with a team of trained Oregon Quilt Project volunteers, to document additional Oregon quilts.
Ms. Cross reminds us that “Quilts are historic documents that often reveal the stories of women whose voices may otherwise go unrecorded. . . [and] are visual records of the human experience.” This is a wonderful opportunity for RVGS volunteers to team with and learn from quilt historians, enthusiasts and quilt-makers.
If you have a quilt that hasn’t been documented by either the JCGL or the Oregon Quilt Project you would like to submit for documentation, we invite you to complete a quilt history form for each item and set an appointment with Karen Asche, Documentation Facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-301-4874 before October 20. Please be sure to contact Karen and set an appointment, as the October documentation is open only to those whose quilts will be documented. Each person may bring two (2) quilts for documentation, and the documentation fee for each is $10. You may retrieve forms at http://oregonquiltproject.org
Once there, select OQP Forms from the menu bar, and then select the OQP History form. Or you can contact Karen and she will be happy to send you one. You’ll receive a registration number with the OQP archives, a physical documentation form, and a photograph. Quilts that are documented will become part of the National Quilt Index at Michigan State University (MSU).
We are honored to be participating in the Oregon Quilt Project. Local documentation projects allow quilters to share, document and preserve information about quilts and quilt-makers for generations to come. For genealogists, quilts are exciting, “living” histories, establishing who, why, when and where, adding meaning and richness to family histories!
OREGON QUILT PROJECT DOCUMENTATION DAY
Monday, October 29, 2018 * 10am to 4pm
Jackson County Genealogy Library * 3405 S. Pacific Hwy * Medford
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