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If This Quilt Could Talk Series at Historic Mentz Church

Civil War & the Restoration Period
Remembering  – One Woman’s Story Told Through
a Family Crazy Quilt Made Following the Civil War

Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2 PM
Historic Mentz Church
Mentz Church & McDonald Roads, Montezuma

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865), the Montezuma  Historical Society presents, “If This Quilt Could Talk,” a program series that will feature a historic post war quilt made by Charlotte Johnston Salvage around 1890. Charlotte, an immigrant came here from Ireland in 1866, and later settled on a farm on Oakwood Road in Aurelius with her husband William Salvage. Pat Kimber from the Frontenac Museum has researched the Salvage family and found out that Charlotte’s two daughters, Sarah and Mildred, were once servants to the Case Willard family in their home, now the current Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn.

More about the family history will be revealed along with  a discussion on the quilt that will focus on its historic significance and highlight the  period it was made in. The beautiful hand-embroidered Crazy Quilt was made of silks and velvet fabrics believed to be given to William Salvage who immigrated to America from England in 1856. The quiltmaker used the fabric of William’s mother for their daughter’s wedding. It also contains several commemorative ribbons of the Auburn Seward and Crocker chapters of Grand Army of the Republic.

The project continues a series of quilt-themed programs covering the deeply moving and insightful stories of the war and its aftermath. Following the program the quilt will be returned near where it was made and donated to the Frontenac Museum in Union Springs. The Museum will accept it on behalf of the Salvage family and Angie Vitale, current owner of the quilt.

The quilt opens the door to understanding how the Civil War impacted the nation and the Restoration Period, and deeply affected families left to deal with grieving losses, caring for the wounded and supporting soldiers and families left to carry on.


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