The quaint and beautiful river town of Muncy once again is the setting for the Muncy Historical Society’s annual Quilt Show. Slated for July 15-16, visitors will have the opportunity to view antique and contemporary quilts at the Quilt Show in the Celebration Hall and Fellowship Room, at the show’s new location, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street. This new location features easier access and more convenient and ample parking. Admission to the two-day show is $8 for a single day or $12 for a multi-day pass. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16.
The Muncy show is more than a quilt show. The loves of immigrants who came to this country, to our state, and to our county will be explored and expressed in a social and cultural context—the who, why, when and where. The show’s theme “Finding Our Way! Mapping Our Past: Quilting’s Legacy” will be accessorized with special “worldwide” memorabilia from the museum’s and private collections.
A highlight of the show will be the silk globe made by Anna Webb in 1816 while she was a student at Westtown School. Philadelphia Quakers raised the money to build the boarding school and Westtown School, located in Chester County, opened in May 1799. The Quakers wanted to provide their children with “guarded education” away from the secular influences of society. Westtown School has nine of the thirty-nine known to exist in the United States and England; nearby Chester County Historical Society has four globes in its collection; and the Muncy Historical Society has Anna Webb’s. The Society’s globe was donated by Nancy Doutt on behalf of her Muncy Township Fry family siblings, descendants of Anna (Webb) Ritter. Anna Webb also made her husband-to-be’s wedding shirt and that will be on display near the globe. Read the rest of this entry »
Antique, Vintage Quilt Collecting and Interpretation Topic of Muncy Historical Society Presentations
MUNCY — Interest in collecting antique and vintage quilts has grown over the past few years and often new collectors have questions. What should one look for? What would make a good investment? How does one start a collection?
Karen Powers, of State College, will address these questions and more on May 21 when Muncy Historical Society hosts two presentations on the significance of textiles in human history, and its current value. Powers will speak at 10 a.m. on “Quilt Collecting, Quilt Care and Quilt Appraisals,” discussing the importance of quilt care, and the why and how of quilt appraisals—quilts valued for replacement, for insurance, or for market.
Karen Trifonoff will present at 1 p.m. on “Needlework and Geography: A World of Beauty and Creativity.” Her interactive talk explores the connections between needlework, geography and mapping, through an examination of map samplers and map quilts.
Both presentations will be held in the Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy. There is a $20 admission fee for both presentations, which includes lunch, or $10 per presentation. Pre-register by calling 570-546-5917, or email MuncyHistorical@aol.com. Both presenters will share insights that will appeal to an audience with diverse backgrounds, quilters and non-quilters alike. Read the rest of this entry »
Spend a weekend in historic Muncy
10th Annual Quilt Show & Challenge
July 18 -19, 2014
The quaint and beautiful river town of Muncy once again is the setting for Muncy Historical Society’s annual Quilt Show. Slated for July 18-19, visitors will have the opportunity to view antique and contemporary quilts at the Quilt Show, to be held at Muncy Elementary School, 125 New St.
This location features an air-conditioned facility with convenient and ample parking. Admission to the two-day show is $5 for a single day or $8 for a multi-day pass. The hours have been expanded and the show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 18 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
More than 120 stunning antique, vintage and traditional quilts will be displayed, representing virtually all styles. Now in its 10th year, the event is a showcase of spectacular hand- and machine-workmanship, appliqué and quilting techniques, reflecting the originality of the makers and their expertise with needle and thread, as well. Read the rest of this entry »
“PASSAGE TO FREEDOM: SECRETS OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD”
A Traveling Exhibit from the Welland Historical Museum, Welland, Ontario, Canada
September 1 – 30, 2014, Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.
(Special appointments for student/tour groups…contact Linda Poulton, 570-546-5502)
UGRR Exhibit Location: Lycoming Mall Storefront, 300 Lycoming Mall Circle, Pennsdale/Muncy
“Passage to Freedom” is an exhibit that provides an opportunity to travel back to the 1800s to learn about slavery, the escape route called the Underground Railroad, and the challenges freedom seekers faced if they finally reached the “Promised Land” of Canada. In the 1850s approximately 40,000 Black refugees entered Canada from the United States, helped by such famous “conductors” as Harriet Tubman. The traveling exhibit features slave narratives; models of a slave cabin, a plantation, a safe house and transport slave bunks; interactive components; and clues to the secrets about fleeing to freedom. The exhibit is divided into three parts: 1) Slavery: stories of capture and life as a slave; 2) Escape: illustrations and narratives about the dangers of escape; signs, codes and symbols used; the messages in spiritual songs; the importance of the stars; the inventive escape methods including a box like the one used by Henry “Box” Brown to mail himself to freedom; and 3) Freedom: stories from former slaves and their descendants who found both freedom and prosperity in Canada, and those who found discrimination, racism, and even lynching in Canada.
The Exhibit consists of 22 exhibit panels, exhibit cases, a cabin diorama, games, audio and interactive components, reproduction artifacts, props, world and star maps, and a ship slave bunk exhibit. Read the rest of this entry »
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN QUILTS
Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, PA Humanities Council, Commonwealth Speaker
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy
The Underground Railroad, the secret paths traveled by African Americans who escaped slavery in the South, is well documented by historians. Far more elusive is evidence that slaves used quilts as signals to guide their way to freedom. This hands-on talk and demonstration engages in the ongoing debate between historians and the public —did quilts guide escapes? Authentic 19th century quilts and modern reproductions are used to explore some of the ways in which women may have stitched their politics, history and mythology into quilt designs.
A folklorist who specializes in fiber arts, Cassandra Gunkel has studied African American quilts and textiles to document the lives of women who captured their histories and stories in their creative work. Read the rest of this entry »
Muncy Historical Society announced the theme of the 2014 and 2015 Quilt Challenges at its ninth annual quilt show, as well as the award winners of the 2013 quilt contests.
The society’s July 18 show featured more than 140 quilts and included a judging component, with ribbons awarded for Best of Show, Best Original Design, Viewer’s Choice, Challenge, Hand- and Machine-Quilting, Appliqué, Other Techniques, and Use of Color – Traditional and Contemporary. Four of this year’s winners received handcrafted wooden platters made by Mark Robbins, master wood turnings sculpturesque.
The 2013 Quilt Challenge was “Artist Inspired” and the challenge quilters produced quilts inspired by, and reflected the work of, an artist working in another medium such as the much-loved music of Bach, George Gershwin or the Beatles, or the color or design of Monet or Mondrian.
The judges selected Mifflinburg resident, Sheridan Goddard Walter’s entry “Master Artist: The Creative Source” as this year’s first place winner, and Judith Cole Youngman, Muncy, and Joan Hamme, York, placed second and third respectively. Read the rest of this entry »