DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
PRESS RELEASE

Date/Time: Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 12:05 P.M.

Place: Alabama Power Auditorium, Alabama Department of Archives and History

Topic: “Discoveries in Alabama Quilts”

Speaker: Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff and Carole King

Come learn the date of the oldest quilt in the state of Alabama; see examples from before the Civil War, as well as quilts made during that war; be prepared to meet quilts very much like the ones your mother and grandmother made. Join us for “Discoveries in Alabama Quilts” presented by Mary Elizabeth Johnson and Carole King on Thursday, December 20th, at 12 noon at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation will be held in the Alabama Power Auditorium.


“New York Beauty” quilt, circa 1860, Alabama Archives Collection

“New York Beauty” quilt, circa 1860, Alabama Archives Collection

For the past four years, this team of two has conducted field research across the state in a quest to see as many quilts as possible owned by Alabamians. The search has taken the team from Huntsville to Dothan, from Greensboro to Auburn. In all, sixteen formal “Quilt Documentation Days” have been held in towns and cities in our state; nearly two thousand quilts have been measured, analyzed, and their stories recorded. A book, "Alabama Quilts," is under preparation and will be ready in 2010. As the final ArchiTreats feature for the Year of Alabama Arts, Johnson and King will share stories of their discoveries and show slide images of some of the fascinating quilts they have seen during this exhaustive search.

Mary Elizabeth Johnson (aka “Sunshine” Huff) is a native of Franklin, Alabama in northern Monroe County. She attended the University of Alabama earning a B.S. and an M.S. in textiles, with a minor in journalism. She has worked with Simplicity Pattern Company; Reader’s Digest; Oxmoor House, the book-publishing division of Southern Living/Progressive Farmer; Random House; Quilt Digest Press; and the University Press of Mississippi. Johnson has authored and co-authored numerous quilt books. "Martha Skelton: Master Quilter;" will be published in 2007 by University Press of Mississippi, and "Alabama Quilts" is scheduled for 2010.

Carole King, a graduate of Auburn University, studied folk lore and quilt-making at Western Kentucky University. She participated in the Alabama Decorative Arts Survey fieldwork during the mid-1980s. Currently she is the Curator for Landmarks Foundation/Old Alabama Town.

This presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.

For more information call (334) 353-4712.



Created: November 29, 2007
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/whatsnew/atrDec07.html
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435
E-Mail:debbie.pendleton@archives.alabama.gov