On June 7, 2017

Quilter to speak on fabric archives at Coolidge site

Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m.—PLYMOUTH NOTCH—A one-hour program about the quilts made by the Coolidge family and their neighbors is offered at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m.

Patricia Rennau, a member of the American Quilt Study Group, will speak to the quilting traditions of Plymouth during the late 19th century. Her program, “Quilting in a Vermont Hill Town: Love, Community, Faith and Friendship,” shares information she recently discovered in the archives at the Vermont Historical Society. Rennau will focus on the quilts currently displayed in the Education Center and her project to reproduce a basket pattern quilt probably made by Calvin Coolidge’s grandmother.

A new temporary exhibit, “Homespun Treasures: The Textiles of Plymouth Notch,” features the practical, often highly artistic fabric and fiber items created by Plymouth Notch residents during the 19th and 20th centuries. These quilted, woven, knitted, and hand-stitched textiles offer singular insight into the community that nurtured the 30th U.S. president in his youth.

The Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open daily through Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m.-5p.m. It is located at 3780 VT-100A, Plymouth. For info, visit historicsites.vermont.gov.

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