Saturday Speaker Series: Quilts as Artifacts of Creativity and Industry
The Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project focuses on quilts as a way to help reveal information about women’s lives in Western Pennsylvania over the past 200 years. The Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project’s Co-Founders, Brenda Applegate and Jan Rodgers, will discuss this project and share images of quilts to illuminate their findings.
About the Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project
Founded in 2009, the project operates under the auspices of the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation. More than 1,300 quilts have been documented in nine of the ten counties of Western Pennsylvania.
Brenda Applegate has a B.S.A. in Sociology and has been the executive director of the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation at the Vicary Mansion in Freedom, Pa. for 15 years. Her main interest is in traditional quilts made over the past two centuries and the hand sewing methods used to create those quilts.
Jan Rodgers is an independent textile historian and quilt appraiser who earned an M.A. in textile history with an emphasis on quilt studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has been a docent at Carnegie Museum of Art for 19 years.