New Acquisition: Presentation Quilt Made by the Ladies Aid Society, Killingworth, 1852
This is a hand stitched, patchwork quilt made by the Ladies Sewing Society in Killingworth. It was the only Women’s organization at the time and raised considerable funds for beautification and maintenance of the Congregational church building. It bears an inscription “Presented to Mrs Hiram Bell by the Ladies whose names are hereon inserted. Killingworth Jan 1st 1852.” The Rev. Hiram Bell became pastor of the Congregational Church in 1850. The quilt was most likely made as a welcoming gift for his wife. The quilt has the names of those who made the quilt. These names – Griswold, Lane, Kelsey, Parmelee, Nettleton, and others - represent many of the prominent families in Killingworth at the time. The quilt is in excellent condition noting that a few of the names are faint. The quilt was obtained from Barbara Murray, Vista, California.
Annual Meeting & Presentation: Preserving Family Artifacts October 25, 7:00 p.m., Killingworth Fire House
If you've wondered how to best preserve family archives, please join us for an informative presentation by archivists from Connecticut College. Bring a family heirloom and, after the program, they will offer advice on how best to preserve it.
Rebecca Parmer and Rose Oliveira will present a program on the care and management of family archives including documents, letters, photographs, and other ephemera. Participants will learn hands-on, practical advice for the proper display, storage, and handling of this material, as well as tips for organizing and researching family history.
Ms. Parmer is the Archivist at Connecticut College, where she manages the preservation, research, use, and exhibition of the College's historical manuscript, book, and art collections. She has previously worked in archival and curatorial positions at the USS Constitution Museum, Northeastern University, and the Claremont University Consortium. She serves on professional committees for the New England Archivists, the New England Museum Association, and the New London County Historical Society.
Ms. Oliveira is the Linda Lear Special Collections Librarian at Connecticut College, where she works to process, preserve, and promote the materials in Lear Center, especially the environmental and children's collections. She has previously worked in the archives at Tufts University and the Schlesinger Library at Harvard.