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October 4, 2018

Contact: Adam Lynn
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-473-5572

“Ladies’ Aid Societies, the Civil War and Quilts” Workshop at Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center

CHECOTAH, Okla. — Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center will host a hands-on workshop entitled “Ladies’ Aid Societies, the Civil War and Quilts” on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee for this class is $30, and lunch is included. The workshop will be presented by Kathy Dickson, director of Museums and Historic Sites for the Oklahoma Historical Society.

When the Civil War broke out neither the Union nor the Confederacy was prepared for the mustering of tens of thousands of soldiers who needed uniforms, boots, socks, shelter and bedding. With scissors, knitting needles and sewing machines the ladies of the North and South intervened to help provide for the comfort of their soldiers.

Each workshop participant will make a quilt square typical of a potholder-style quilt provided by the Ladies’ Aid groups through the U.S. Sanitary Commission. The workshop will discuss colors and fabric patterns available as well as how to choose modern fabric to make a retro quilt. All necessary sewing material will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own sewing kit. No sewing experience is necessary. Participants will leave with their potholder-style quilt square, a pattern to make more and a Civil War-era sock-knitting pattern recommended for soldiers.

Preregistration for the workshop is required. Please contact 918-473-5572 or email honeysprings@okhistory.org to register and for additional information.

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is located east of U.S. Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville. We are open Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The Visitor Center is located on a hill in close proximity to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in Rentiesville. Take the second left after reaching the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Museum (driving from the west).

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.  


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