The CFSAADMC Friends of the Kiah Museum is embarking on its first Chatham County African American Quilt Documentation Day. Kiah Friends will be cataloging the textile history of African American quilts and quiltmakers in Chatham County Georgia advancing the efforts of quilters from the Hudson Hill Golden Age begun with their Quilting to Save the Kiah Museum Exhibition September 2016. When the quilts were solicited for the Savannah show to save the Kiah Museum our curator and coordinators from the selected churches and Golden Age Centers recognized that there were many quilt treasures that would appeal to everyone from scholars to quiltmakers, covering many familiar patterns like Drunkard’s Path, the Crazy Quilt, Log Cabin and Monkey Wrench, as well as some unusual variations and original designs.
The Kiah Museum’s Quilt Documentation Project was established to seek out and register historical and contemporary quilts made and owned by African American and record their history and makers.
Hudson Hill Golden Age quilters were joined on Saturday, February 18th by St. James AME Church Rosalind M. Kent Exceptional Women’s Ministry who had sewing machines ready to work on quilts for the next Quilting to Save the Kiah Museum Exhibition scheduled for September 2017. Young people from the Hue Man Research Institute for African Diaspora Museum
Anthropology which encompasses Savannah State University’s Introduction to Anthropology classes and others, volunteered to help with photographing quilts, interviewing quilt owners, and assisting with the registration of quilts. Bring your quilt and get it registered. The condition of the quilt doesn’t matter or rather historical (family quilt made by African American) or contemporary (your current designs) it can still be included in the next Quilt Documentation Day. The next Day of Sharing is scheduled Friday March 24, 2017 at Hudson Hill Golden Age Center located at 2227 Hudson St. Savannah, GA 31415 Hours: Morning hours are 10:00am – 1:30 pm, Evening hours are 4:00pm -8:00pm
The Friends of the Kiah Museum are following in the footstep of the earlier Georgia Quilt History Projects from the 1990s where Chatham County African American quilts and quilters were scarcely represented. Quilts that we document during this project will not only be recorded as potential entrants in the Quilting to Save the Kiah Museum Project but will also be prepared to be indexed with the Georgia Quilt Documentary Project. Please become a qult index contributor. If you have questions contact Tina Hicks, Friends of the Kiah Museum Director and Quilt Documentation Project Coordinator at (912) 414-6631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.