Western History & Genealogy Blog
Two New Exhibits Open At The Blair-Caldwell Library
September 21 – October 31
Celebrating African American Women, Past, Present and Future through Quilts and Textile Arts Exhibit Presented by the Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild
The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild was formed in February 1994 by Helen Kearney Thobhani. The five African American women who came together were interested in perpetuating the heritage of quilting and promoting fellowship among those in quilting. The Guild is committed to supporting and educating the community. To this end, the Guild offers exhibits, quilting classes, lectures and quilt documentation through its various programs during the year. The name Wa Shonaji comes from the Swahili language and means literally – “people who sew”. The Guild’s name reflects both our region of the United States and our cultural heritage. The members of RMWSQG, though predominantly of African-American ancestry, celebrate ethnic diversity in membership as well as in the many different patterns displayed in our quilts.
September 23 - October 21
Sisters of Freedom Exhibit
Through pictures and short biographies, the Sisters of Freedom exhibit highlights the work of 41 women leaders (as well as 33 Freedom Riders) their work and contributions to society and the country. These phenomenal women--activists, entertainers, teachers and preacher--represent some of the most indomitable figures from the 1800s to the present. The exhibit was curated by the Syracuse Cultural Workers and provides a dramatic glimpse of the power and passion of women who transformed their lives and the country.
The Sisters of Freedom exhibit is presented by Mount Mary University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mount Mary, founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, was Wisconsin’s first four-year degree-granting Catholic college for women.
Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to Marsha Bennett for sponsoring the Sisters of Freedom exhibit.
Monday, September 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Sisters of Freedom Exhibit Opening and Presentation
Special guest Erin Goseer Mitchell, a celebrated author whose compelling book, Born Colored, Life before Bloody Sunday, delivers poignant insights about her life as a child growing up in the segregated south before the Civil Rights Movement. Author will be selling copies of her book.
Free and Open to the Public
PLEASE NOTE: Library hours: Mon & Wed. 12-8 PM/ Tue, Thurs and Fri 10 AM – 6 PM/ Sat 9 AM – 5 PM Closed - Sunday