Anita Zeleski Weinraub, Chairwoman of the Georgia Quilt Project, will speak on her book, “Georgia Quilts: Piecing Together a History” at the Thursday, January 27 Dicksie Bradley Bandy Memorial Lecture Series to be held at Dalton State College’s James E. Brown Center. The program, rescheduled from an earlier snow day, is the second in a series of four guest lectures that focus on Georgia women who have made significant contributions to the state’s rich textile history.
The Georgia Quilt Project began 20 years ago and sought to chronicle what it could of the state’s history through the examination and analysis of thousands of hand-pieced bedcovers. Project volunteers travelled the state examining quilts and interviewing quilt owners to learn the unique history of each individual quilt. More than 8,000 quilts were documented at 73 different events held across Georgia. Ten dozen quilts are featured in the book; some are exquisitely complicated, others heartwarming in their simplicity.
This year’s lecture series centers around the theme: “Crafting a Culture: Women, Weaving, and Textiles in Northwest Georgia History,” and is presented by the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia. The Center was created through the efforts of Dalton businessman and philanthropist Jack Bandy. The lecture series honors the memory of his late mother, Dicksie Bradley Bandy, an entrepreneurial Dalton woman who was a pioneer in taking Dalton’s burgeoning bedspread industry beyond Peacock Alley to larger markets up and down the east coast. Mrs. Bandy was a devoted wife, mother and businesswoman who maintained a lifelong interest in the history of her native Northwest Georgia region; she was particularly impassioned about the fate of the Cherokee nation.
The remaining two programs of the Dicksie Bradley Bandy Memorial Lecture Series include a lecture by Dr. Randy Patton, Professor of History and Shaw Industries Distinguished Chair at Kennesaw State University, on February 24; the topic of his lecture is “Catherine Evans Whitener and the Tufting Industry.” The final program in the series, scheduled for March 24, will be “Women’s Work: Chenille as an Economic Resource for Northwest Georgia during the Great Depression” by Lydia Knight, Director of Dalton State’s Derrell C. Roberts Library. Both programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of The James E. Brown Center.
The program on Georgia quilts is free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 27 in Room 105 of The James E. Brown Center at the north end of the Dalton State College campus. For more information on any of the lecture programs, please contact Heather Shores of the Bandy Heritage Center at 706-272-4452.