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Quilters Plan To Stitch Together Norwalk Trail

Laura Macaluso would like to show off Norwalk's unique contributions "to a form of Americana that combines elements of art, local history and culture." So Macaluso, the cultural heritage consultant to the Norwalk Historical Society , is coordinating a new project: the Norwalk Quilt Trail.

Beginning in May, Norwalk's six museums and other public sites in the city will host an in-depth look at this area's quilting tradition. Displays in the six-month event will include 40 quilts representing themes important to American life, such as women's work and domesticity, philanthropy, craftsmanship and technology, local history and maritime heritage.

Participants in the Norwalk Quilt Trail include the Norwalk Historical Society and the Rowayton Historical Society (the lead partners); and the Norwalk Museum , Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum , Norwalk Seaport Association 's Sheffield Island Lighthouse, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and Sono Switch Tower Museum . Additionally, pieces from the national AIDS Memorial Quilt will be shown at City Hall, thanks to the sponsorship of the Triangle Community Center . Local libraries will offer quilt-related displays and workshops.

"Norwalk is fortunate to have many different museums, and we are excited that, for the first time, they are collaborating on a project that will introduce a wider audience to our diverse cultural offerings," Macaluso says in a statement. "Since many of the participants already have wonderful quilts in their collections, a Norwalk Quilt Trail seemed like an ideal theme for showcasing the unique character and collections of each venue."

There will be lectures by quilt scholars, quilting workshops and opportunities for residents to display their own personal quilts. Peace by Piece , Norwalk's intergenerational quilt mentoring program, will organize the community quilt activities.

The Rowayton Historical Society is looking for local quilts from residents willing to share them and their family's history with area museums. For information regarding the project and how personal quilts could be displayed, call 203-831-0136 or email lkorzennik@hotmail.com .

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