Friends of the library.

On this day in 1911, the New York Public Library was dedicated in a ceremony led by President William H. Taft. The building is the largest marble structure every constructed in the United States. The library took over 14 years to complete and was designed to house a collection of more than a million books. Today the library is visited and used by more than 10 million people annually and more than two million people have borrowing privileges.

This quilt, titled “Little Snake River Valley Friends of the Library Memory Quilt,” was completed in 1996 in Savery/Baggs, Wyoming. Agnes Stock and Mary L. Duncan came up with the idea for the quilt and led the group who made it. An poignant note is included in this Quilt Index record: “Quiltmakers of this isolated Wyoming/Colorado valley had little access to new techniques until a new woman, Kerry Jonke, moved to the valley with her husband who was a forest service (or other government) employee. She showed the quilters how to use a rotary cutter, plastic rulers, and to be very careful about measurements. But she died very young, at 33, of cancer. However, quilts made in the valley show her influence after 1990.”

The quilt was documented in 2008 during the Wyoming Quilt History Project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.

Sources:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/new-york-public-library-dedicated

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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