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Redwork Americana Quilt on display at museum

By Shari Pierce
Special to The SUN

Have you visited the historical society museum?

If not, you are in for a treat.

If so, you know of all the treasures that are housed within the walls of the old town waterworks and Job Corps buildings.

Society members have organized the waterworks portion of the building to display household items that were used by the settlers to our area. You’ll see a sideboard, range and even a food processor in the kitchen display. Dad’s room includes a marvelous one-of-a-kind chair/table made by Walter X.Y. Zabriske using redwood and a Maxwell car seat. You’ll see skis and an outboard motor that belonged to Dutch Henry Born. And this is only the beginning.

In the front portion of the museum, you’ll see displays representing business and community. Ruby Sisson’s desk from the Blanco School brings back memories for many of this lady who was a teacher in our community, teaching multiple generations of families. She also served as superintendent of schools for a number of years.

A cash register from the Hatcher Mercantile Company is very ornate and makes up the heart of the general store display.

You may also enjoy the railroad, farm and ranch, forge, bank, office and church exhibits.

Camera buffs will find a nice selection of old-time photographic equipment and music fans may like the tremola.

Quilt display

Photo courtesy Shari Pierce Detail of the center of Judy Jordan’s Redwork American Quilt, which is now on display at the San Juan Historical Society Museum. It is one of the “Star Spangled Quilts” on exhibit this season. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no admission charged to view this special exhibit.

Photo courtesy Shari Pierce
Detail of the center of Judy Jordan’s Redwork American Quilt, which is now on display at the San Juan Historical Society Museum. It is one of the “Star Spangled Quilts” on exhibit this season. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no admission charged to view this special exhibit.

Over the past several summers, visitors have especially enjoyed the quilt displays at the museum. This season the society has gathered a patriotic assortment of quilts — “Star Spangled Quilts” — for guests to enjoy.

Local quilter Judy Jordan, whose quilts were on display last season, loaned us one of the favorites from last year, which is very patriotic — her Redwork Americana Quilt. We just picked this quilt up about 10 days ago and added it to the exhibit. So, if you’ve already seen the quilts, you may want to make a trip back to enjoy this one and revisit all the other extraordinary patriotic quilts on display.

The Redwork Americana Quilt is a redwork quilt with the Pledge of Allegiance and depicting important figures and artifacts from American history. On the quilt you will see Abraham Lincoln, Independence Hall, the Mayflower, Statue of Liberty, American Eagle, Declaration of Independence, Liberty Bell, George Washington, American flag and Betsy Ross.

On the back of the quilt is a map of the United States with Judy’s documentation that the redwork on this quilt was done in 2002 and the quilting completed in 2003. One wonderful thing about Judy’s work is that she documents so well the events leading up to making of the quilt, and, in this case, she documented what was going on in the United States at the time. So, on the back of the quilt, Judy included a block with George W. Bush’s likeness, who was serving as our nation’s 43rd president at the time. Judy also documents “Freedom Iraq” on March 19, 2003, and the verse from the Bible, Psalms 44: 4-5: “You are my King and my God. You give victory to your people. By your power we defeat our enimies.”

Free admission

Admission to the museum is free; however, donations are greatly appreciated to help with operating expenses such as utilities, insurance and payroll.

The gift shop is important to the success of the museum. Sales from the shop are used to offset operating expenses as well.

The museum is located at 96 Pagosa St. on the east end of Pagosa Springs and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring the family down and take a walk back in time.

This story was posted on July 24, 2014.