Four Historic Quilts from the MTHS Archives were on display in the Summer of 2015 thanks to the cooperation of the Patchworkers and the gifts of the original donors. Each of the quilts, known as signature quilts, contain embroidered or cross-stitched signatures of Mountain Top residents from the 1800s, the early 1900s or the 1950s and '60s. Betty Verhoeven and other talented quilters of the Patchworkers have lent their expertise and skills to prepare the quilts for display -- first at their 42nd Patchworkers quilt show on August 1 and 2 at the Windham High School and again at the MTHS Local History Day on August 15 at the Society's Ulster and Delaware Train Station in Haines Falls.
The quilt dated 1849 was a gift of Wilma Kohler of Hunter. The quilt from the 1950s was a gift of Fred Wilson. Mr Wilson's post about the quilt on the 23A + Facebook page inspired the effort to prepare these quilts for public display. The occasion of the 42nd Patchworkers Quilt Show, and MTHS's Local History Day with it's emphasis on Women on the Mountain Top seem the ideal opportunities to reintroduce these quilts to the community.