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Muncy Historical Society to Host Sue Reich, Quilt Historian

Apr 20, 2015 11:01AM ● By Erica Shames

Sue Reich, Connecticut-based quilt historian, independent quilt researcher, quiltmaker, and author.

The Muncy Historical Society will host Sue Reich, Connecticut-based quilt historian, independent quilt researcher, quiltmaker, and author on Saturday, May 9 at Lycoming Mall's Community Room, conveniently located near the Old Navy parking entrance, adjacent to the Bon-Ton mall entrance. Appealing to both the quilter and non-quilter, Reich’s first presentation will begin at 10 a.m., and her second will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

Pre-registration for the day  is required and lunch is included in the $20 registration fee; forms are available at or by calling 570-546-5917.

Whether you’re interested in history, quiltmaking or both this program will appeal to you.  Reich starts with “Is It Scrap Happy or 1,000 Pieces and Counting”—featured during this presentation will be quilts from her personal collection that were made between 1830 and 1945 with thousands of pieces of fabric scraps.. She will discuss the history of these quilts that contain excessive amounts of fabric and entertain with her extensive trunk show.

Following lunch, Reich will launch the society’s 2015 focus on World War II with her presentation and trunk show about “Quiltmaking That Saw Us Through the War Years: 1941-1945.” Sue Reich has been researching World War II quilts for seven years. She will share her research gathered when writing her book "World War II Quilts" and through exhibits of her collection of WW- II-era quilts.  The lecture will describe how women came together to make quilts to commemorate military service, to raise funds for the war effort, to comfort the British, French and refugees, and to celebrate victory in war.

There will be time during both presentations for “show and tell” and attendees are encouraged to bring along WW II theme-based quilts to share.

Sue Reich began her study of quilt history with the Connecticut Quilt Search Project in 1991 and has served on the board since its beginning. A quiltmaker since childhood, she lectures widely on many aspects of quilt history, and is a certified AQS quilt appraiser. She co-authored Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut, and she authored Quilting News of Yesteryear: One Thousand Pieces and Counting and Quilting News of Yesteryear: Crazy as a Bed-Quilt. She has written articles for Fons and Porters ‘Love of Quilting’ magazine and the American Quilt Study Group's publication ‘Blanket Statements.’ She has been guest curator at the New England Quilt Museum, the Museum of the American Quilter, the Litchfield Historical Society, the Mattatuck Museum, and the Gunn Museum. She has lectured at numerous museums and venues including The Quilter's Hall of Fame, The Museum of Science and Energy, Women's Creativity Conference at Quinnipiac University, the Wethersfield Museum, the New England Quilt Museum and the Bruce Museum. Reich co-founded the Meetinghouse Quilters in Washington, Connecticut in 1989. She has served on the board of the American Quilt Study Group and as its president.

Program support made possible in part through donations and grants from the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, the PA Council on the Arts and quilt enthusiasts.

More information is available by calling the Muncy Historical Society at 570-546-5917.

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