History Matters – Quilting in the Adirondacks

Historic Saranac Lake announced that the last of its four “History Matters” discussions in May will feature the topic of quilting in the Adirondacks. The talk is hosted in conjunction with the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society. Hallie E. Bond, former curator at the Adirondack Museum, will present her lecture titled “Common Threads: Adirondack Quilts Tell Their Stories,” on May 30 at 7:00 P.M. at the Lake Placid Historical Society, located in Lake Placid at 242 Station Street. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. The event has been made possible through the support of the New York Council on the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities Program. New York’s Adirondack region has been the home of a vibrant quilting tradition for over 150 years. These patchwork quilts record the hardships of life in the Adirondacks among close-knit families and communities, as well as the influence of a wild natural beauty. They document national quilting trends, while also displaying delight in the creation of art from bits of fabric. In this lecture we explore the common threads running through Adirondack quilts, as well the
diverse influences on the region’s quilting traditions. From plain and fancy bedcovers meant to keep families warm during long mountain winters, to the stunning art quilts of the 21st century, the audience learns how Adirondack quilts tell unique stories of life in New York’s mountains, while also holding up a mirror to national trends. Hallie E. Bond has written extensively on regional history and material culture since joining the
Adirondack Museum in 1983. Her books include Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks (1995) and “A Paradise for Boys and Girls:” Children’s Camps in the Adirondacks (2005). Ms. Bond has a B.A. in History (University of Colorado), an M.A. in Medieval Studies (University of York) and an M.A. in American History with a Certificate in Museum Studies (University of Delaware).

Sarah Sabattis relaxing on her porch in Long Lake, ca. 1889. Courtesy of the Adirondack Museum.

Sarah Sabattis relaxing on her porch in Long Lake. Courtesy of the Adirondack Museum, 1889. 

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