Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Two Pages in Canadian Quilters' Association Newsletter

If you are a member of the Canadian Quilters' Association look on pages 94 and 95 of the Autumn edition of the Newsletter magazine to read a article on the success of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail War of 1812 International Traveling Quilt Show. 

The article also has lots of details and inspiration for our 2013 Quilt Show and Challenge the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Beauty of the Byways. 

You can also keep up with all the details about this new event when you follow our Beauty of the Byway blog at:  http://beauty-of-the-byways.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Important Early Quilt at 1812 ½ Show in Sackets Harbor September 29-30

The Pickering-Beach Historical Museum of Sackets Harbor, NY, will exhibit the 1859 quilt it has been given at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail 1812 ½ Quilt Show in Sackets Harbor, NY, September 29 and 30.

The quilt, discovered in a box of old packing blankets purchased at a rummage sale in Sackets Harbor 10 years ago, has been professionally appraised and authenticated.

Historian Jeannie Brennan and Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site Manager Connie Barone are currently researching the names, such as Westcott, Phillips and Hammond, that are sewn in tiny stitches in red silk thread into the album-style quilt. 

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail 1812 ½ Quilt Show at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center features the international traveling exhibit of 26 1812-style quilts, new Great Lakes Seaway Trail “Storyteller” interpretive panels about the War of 1812, and new works by American and Canadian quilters using patterns, colors and fabrics true to the 1812 time period.

Show hours are 10am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. The $5 admission is good for both days For more information, go online to www.seawaytrail.com/quilting <http://www.seawaytrail.com/quilting> or call Lynette at 315-646-1000 x203.
More Information:
The Pickering-Beach Historical Museum consists of the circa 1809 Pickering Cottage and the circa 1817 Pickering-Beach House literally just a few steps from the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site in Sackets Harbor, NY.

A local legend says the cottage may have been used as a War of 1812 “hospital.”  The house was first built by Massachusetts native Joshua Pickering and rebuilt in the 1830-40s, probably by his son and Great Lakes Captain August A. Pickering.

The properties are today managed by the Pickering-Beach Committee of the Sackets Harbor Area Cultural Preservation Foundation.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

New American Girl Doll is from 1812 and Lives in Sackets Harbor!

American Girl debuted their newest historical doll earlier this week. Blonde, blue eyed Caroline Abbott hails from 1812.   Living in Sackets Harbor, NY Caroline witnesses first hand the events of the ‘War of 1812.′ The war was fought on land and sea all along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail from Erie PA to Northern New York State and the St. Lawrence River. The war lasted until 1815.

According to the American Girl website: “As the War of 1812 begins, so does the story of Caroline Abbott’s bravery. She loves sailing with her father, but when he’s captured, Caroline must help keep the family’s shipyard running. When she sees a chance to rescue her father, Caroline discovers that she must use her mind and heart to guide her decisions.”

I’m a huge American Girl fan and the best part of every American Girl doll in my mind is always the story behind the girl.

Like other American Girl historical dolls, Caroline stars in a series of five books: Meet Caroline, Caroline’s Secret Message, A Surprise for Caroline, Caroline Takes a Chance, Caroline’s Battle, and Changes for Caroline.

Find out more about this historical doll and all the books that tell her story at: http://store.americangirl.com/agshop/static/carolinedoll.jsp

What do you think of 1812 Caroline? Are you planning on giving her as a gift or purchasing her for yourself?

Share your thoughts!