This is the e-mail I initially received from the Curator at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Lake Mountain, NY. The quilt is finally on it's way to the museum, left yesterday afternoon (11-10-08).
Dear Ms. Zidel,
Doris Patton, Town of Johnsburg historian, gave me your name
yesterday when I visited her to learn more about the Johnsburg calico mill.
I'm the curator of an upcoming exhibit at the Adirondack Museum entitled "Common Threads: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters." She thought I might be interested in the appliqued summer spread you own. I certainly was!
I have never seen anything like it in this region, and very few even similar pieces in my researches in other areas. Would it be possible for you to send me a set of the photos you sent Doris so I could print them out on photo paper and add them to my files? You and Doris have done an admirable job of researching the background, and she shared that with me.
Would you consider loaning the spread to the Adirondack Museum for the exhibit, which will run from next May through October? I realize that it is extremely valuable, both in monetary terms and in historical value to your family, and I assure you we would take good care of it. We have a conservator on staff who will be helping mount the exhibit. I can send you a copy of our facility report that we send to other museums when we borrow objects for display, which we do periodically--from Hudson River School paintings to boats.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Hallie E. Bond, Curator