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State Library and Archives to Host Workshop on Quilts of Tennessee
(Published: March 16, 2010)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) will host the latest in a series of workshops and seminars titled, “Quilts of Tennessee: What they Can Tell Us About Our Ancestors,” April 17. The workshop will be held at the State Library and Archives building, located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Lori D. Lockhart, M.A.Ed., a fourth generation Tennessee quilter and archivist at TSLA, will conduct the workshop, which is free and open to the public.

The Quilts of Tennessee Collection at the Tennessee State Library and Archives contains photographs and images of quilts made in Tennessee from the 1820s through the 1970s as well as information - sometimes spanning several generations - about quilt makers. A study of individual quilt patterns can provide insights about the socioeconomic, political and religious circumstances during the times when the quilts were made.

Lockhart is project manager for the Tennessee Virtual Archives (TeVA) and is the webmaster for the Society of Tennessee Archivists. In 2007, she co-authored a chapter, “Electronic Media in Therapy and Rehabilitation,” for a master’s level art therapy textbook.

Those wishing to attend the workshop must contact TSLA to reserve a seat, as the number of attendees is limited. Reservations can be made via e-mail to workshop.tsla@tn.gov. Patrons may also register by telephone by calling 615-741-2764. Parking is available in front, on the side and in back of the Library and Archives building.