Archive for Thursday, June 8, 2006

Every quilt tells a story

June 8, 2006

This week is an exciting time as we are celebrating our 18th annual Lansing DAZE with many events for every member of your family.

It will be a busy time for all of us who are involved in more than one event.

I have to put a plug in for our Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast that will get everyone off to a good start. It is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10.

You should also consider the mini Art Show sponsored by Leavenworth County Artist's Association. Stop by and visit with the artists. We have several new artists that will be showing their work.

Along with the art show in the Lansing Community Center will be a quilt show. This is always a favorite event of everyone, and you get to vote on your favorite quilt.

Every quilt tells a story.

In a recent visit to the Richard Allen Museum in Leavenworth, we had the opportunity to see a quilt that gave directions to the slaves fleeing to the North. There were blocks on the quilts that told which trail to take or where to get food or where to take shelter. There were birds flying in a certain direction to tell which way to go, or where to cross a lake.

Before, during, and after the Civil War, quilts were commonly used for this purpose. They were hung on clotheslines, fences, or porches of sympathetic houses along the Underground Railroad.

There is a book on this subject called "Hidden in Plain View" written by J. Tobin and R. Dobard, Ph.D. Only the quiltmakers and the runaway slaves understood the directions.

One person in particular, Harriet Tubman, led hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Her code name was "Moses." You can learn more about her in the book "The Road to Freedom."

Getting back to our own quilt show, there are usually some family quilts, and very beautiful ones made by our local seamstresses.

For further information about Lansing DAZE, The Current will be handing out a special section during the festival that covers just about everything that takes place. Please come and take part in this event.

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