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Yalobusha Historical Society Minutes – Nov. 21, 2013

Jill Smith

On an Indian Summer Day in November, Jill Smith invited Yalobusha Historical Society members to visit Union County and to walk blocks in the quilt trail.  Jill Smith is the director of the Union County Heritage Museum.  Union County is the first county in the state to create a quilt trail, and they join 47 other states with their effort.  Jill commented that the project draws attention to our rich history to allow artists a public art forum and to encourage tourism.

Since the history of America has been preserved by self-sufficient women quilting quilts, thus self-sufficient women in Mississippi are painting quilt blocks to keep our history alive. The quilt trail idea began with Donna Sue Groves in Adams County, Ohio. Donna wanted to honor her mother with a painted quilt square on the family’s barn in Manchester, Ohio.  The Groves farm later became a part of a trail of 20 barn quilts that formed a driving trail throughout Adams County.   Jill Smith noted that two states that did not have a quilt trail were Nevada and Mississippi.  Therefore, the quilt trail was created in Union County, Mississippi.

Jill noted that in many communities, an organized group of residents work together to organize their painted quilt blocks into a trail.  Some are walks in a downtown area that includes historical buildings.  Quilt trails can take visitors on a drive through the countryside where painted quilt blocks are mounted on farm buildings, on homes, along fences, and freestanding posts.

A quilt trail in Yalobusha County is an idea, come again Jill.  

Other notes of interest:
Mike Worsham welcomed guests and members.
Debby Hughes gave the monthly financial report.
Julia Fernandez introduced Jill Smith and stated that Stacy Douglas, pastor of the Coffeeville Methodist Church will provide music for the December 19, 2013 meeting.
Attending:  Julia Fernandez, Lila Wallace Stewart, Kay McCulley, Emma Hovey, Mike Worsham, James. E. Simpson, Polly Simpson. Chryl Goodwin, Lila Schmitz, Cynthia Floyd, John Perkins, Ruth Perkins, Debby Hughes, Elizabeth Keith, Karen Trevillo, Cliff Chandler, Sue Chandler, David Hovey, James Person, Mike Ayers, Sarah H. Williams, Betty Miller, Carl Vick, Mae Vick, Francine Pinnix, Jimmie Pinnix, Thelma Roberts, Tom Cox, Pat Brooks, Bettie Litten, Lawrence Litten, Opal Wright, Joy M. Tippit

Submitted by:  Joy M. Tippit

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