We here at TQHF heartily congratulate them! These funds are a much appreciated encouragement to their on-going mission.
TQHF Honoree Merikay Waldvogel has been deeply involved with The Quilt Index from its founding.
A follow-up story to the press release emphasizes that this grant is to support steps towards internationalizing the Index so that "content and use" goes well beyond the national emphasis it now has. This is a really significant new step.
This link gives you a bit more of that very important aspect of the story.
The Quilt Index fills a vital role in community history, family history and women's history by capturing and indexing quilts and their stories! We welcome the possibility that quilts residing in other nations may now be included too.
Aside from the MSU Museum, the Quilt Index’s other partners include MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online — an MSU digital resource and research center — and The Alliance for American Quilts .
I have had the privilege of working with the Quilt Index for three years as a member of the Signature Quilt Pilot Project Team. If you own a Signature Quilt yourself, you may want to familiarize yourself with this project.
Every quilt history program requires on-going financial and volunteer efforts, including The Quilters Hall of Fame!
We hope you will choose to help sustain at least one quilt history organization on an annual basis through a donation of time or funds. We couldn't survive without your generous caring support!
Karen B. Alexander
Past President of TQHF
If you would like to donate to The Quilters Hall of Fame, click here.
PS: You can read more of my quilt research by clicking here.