Day #6 of our favorite things!
Today we are featuring the favorite things of LHC Board Member and LHC Collections Committee member Karen Van Welden-Herman. Karen's longtime involvement with the LHC (she was Board Secretary for many years and continues to head our Facilities Committee) has resulted in a deep understanding of both our collections and the facility itself. For her favorite things, Karen has chosen a Grace Episcopal Church 50th anniversary quilt as well as our facility itself.
Here are Karen's thoughts on both: "This quilt is very special because it celebrates the first fifty years of Grace Episcopal Church in Lawrence, 1846-1896. The signatures on the quilt denote not only church members and clergy, but the “movers and shakers” of the city, mill owners, businessmen, other people of note in the political world. The quilt also has collections of names that highlight the senior wardens of the church over 50 years, members of the choir, other Episcopal clergy who I suspect had ties to Grace Church. There is much more history to be learned from the designs apparent in various squares which may give us a hint about which group of people are represented, e.g. the altar guild. For its age, the quilt is in very good condition with only a minor amount of fraying at the edges and minimal staining. It was clearly an object made for display. It has no filler material that would have made it a quilt to be used.
My other favorite part of the LHC collection is the historic 19th century buildings that house our archive and office. The Essex Company compound is central to so much of Lawrence’s history, and we still see history made and preserved in them every single day! Preserving these buildings for future generations remains an essential part of our mission as the Lawrence History Center!!" Thank you, Karen, for sharing your favorite things!
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