Thursday, October 22, 2009

New American Series Quilt & Public Quilting Sessions!!!

While the blog has been silent for the past few weeks, it is only a sign that much work has been going on behind the scenes. Dr. Gaither has been busily working on the latest addition to the American Series entitled Black Watermen of the Chesapeake. The quilt documents the lives of the African American men and women involved in Maryland's maritime occupations.

I have seen the quilt twice in the past few months and can say it is amazing. I will post pictures in the next day or so. When the quilt is photographed, the images end up looking like a 3-D map of the Chesapeake Bay. This quilt has the same multi-layered border as the other American Series quilts, with some additions to make it a bit more nautical. As the quilt comes together, images of people and places will be added throughout to tell the story of the watermen.

Just as J2WH was a race to the finish to get it completed before going on display, work on the Black Watermen of the Chesapeake quilt is moving along at an accelerated rate. It must be finished in time to go to Hartford, CT for the opening of a new exhibit featuring the American Series on 15 December 2009. With that being said, many people are hard at work to help Dr. Gaither complete this quilt.

Another great aspect the new quilt shares with J2WH is that Dr. Gaither is opening up the quilt for the public to add their stitches and messages. This will occur at 4 public quilting sessions in November in Annapolis, Shady Side, and Grasonville, MD. Anyone who would like to add a message, share a story or image of a member of their family who was/is a black waterman or involved in the maritime industry, or just help add a few stitches to the quilt is invited to participate. If anyone has pictures of watermen, please feel free to bring them to one of the quilting sessions for possible inclusion on the quilt.

The locations of the four quilting sessions are listed below. All of the events are free and open to members of the public of all ages. Please come and join us for this great project.

Thursday, November 12, 2009
10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Bates Legacy Center
1101 Smithville St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Saturday, November 14, 2009
10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Friday, November 20, 2009
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Meredith's Seafood & Carry Out
3227 Main St.
Grasonville, MD 21638

Saturday, November 21, 2009
10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Captain Salem Avery Museum
1418 East West Shady Side Rd.
Shady Side, MD 20764

For more information, please contact the Banneker-Douglass Museum at BDMPrograms@goci.state.md.us or 410.216.6186.

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