Helping One Another Blend Art and Tradition
Helping One Another Blend Art and Tradition Genesee Valley Quilt Club © 2017

GVQC History

Genesee Valley Quilt Club (GVQC) is one

of the oldest continually meeting quilt

clubs in America.

The   first   meeting   in   January   1936   was   sponsored   by   the Rochester   Museum   of   Arts   and   Sciences,   predecessor   to today’s   Rochester   Museum   and   Science   Center   (RMSC).     The club started with eleven members. GVQC   was   organized   by   Mrs.   Gladys   Reid   Holton   who   was curator   of   the   History   of   the   Rochester   Museum   of   Arts and   Sciences   in   the   1950’s   and   1960’s.      She   retired   from the RMSC in 1976. In     1935,     the     club     mission     statement     was     to     unite individual   experience   and   thus   be   able   to   give   inspiration to   those   who   would   like   to   make   better   quilts.      The   club motto,   “Help   One   Another,”   was   the   foundation   on   which today’s traditions were built. “Help   One   Another”   extends   beyond   the   borders   of   the club   as   GVQC   has   a   long   history   of   community   service.     During   World   War   II   quilts,   toys   and   monetary   donations were   made   to   the   British   War   Relief,   the   Red   Cross,   and the    Russian    War    Relief.        Today,    through    its    Love    and Comfort    Project ,    members    extend    a    hand    to    those    in need through donation of hundreds of quilts each year. In   2002   the   Rochester   Museum   and   Science   Center   RMSC Quilt    Project    reported    that    Genesee    Valley    Quilt    Club partnered   with   The   RMSC   during   the   late   1990’s   and   into the    2000’s    when    club    members    volunteered    over    1000 hours   to   assist   in   the   restoration   and   documentation   of quilts   collections   at   the   Rochester   Museum   and   Science Center. RMSC’s   quilt   collection   had   been   in   storage   for   many   years, and   the   general   knowledge   of   it   had   gradually   slipped   from the   public’s   view.      This   changed   when   the   Susan   B.   Anthony quilt   was   exhibited   several   years   ago,   and   the   Genesee   Valley Quilt   Club   created   a   replica   of   it   as   a   gift   to   the   Susan   B. Anthony   House.      The   Club’s   interest   in   the   Museum’s   quilt collection   grew,   and   its   members   voted   to   support   efforts   to improve   the   storage   conditions   of   a   number   of   quilts   through financial    donations.        The    collaboration    expanded    into    a program   in   which   volunteers   from   the   Quilt   Club   work   with Museum     staff     to     document     and     improve     the     storage conditions   for   this   significant   collection.      The   collaboration haas    evolved    due    in    large    part    to    the    Club’s    desire    to contribute    to    the    “unknown”    resource    of    historical    quilts spanning   two   centuries   -   a   treasure   in   its   own   right   -   and   to explore    the    possible    relationship    of    local    genesis    of    the women’s      suffrage      movement      in      the      region.(Rochester Museum & Science Center 2002) Besides     helping     others,     the     club     has     felt     its     most important   activity   is   displaying   quilts.      Since   1936,   GVQC has   hosted   or   participated   in   quilt   exhibits.      Early   displays were   held   at   the   Rochester   Museum   and   Science   Center.     In    recent    years,    the    biennial    quilt    show     is    held    at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Genesee Valley Quilt Club, Inc. Founded January 1936
Helping One Another Blend Art and Tradition
Helping One Another Blend Art and Tradition Genesee Valley Quilt Club ©2017
GVQC History Genesee Valley Quilt Club (GVQC) is one of the oldest continually meeting quilt clubs in America. The   first   meeting   in   January   1936   was   sponsored   by   the   Rochester Museum   of   Arts   and   Sciences,   predecessor   to   today’s   Rochester Museum   and   Science   Center   (RMSC).      The   club   started   with   eleven members. GVQC    was    organized    by    Mrs.    Gladys    Reid    Holton    who    was    the curator    of    the    History    of    the    Rochester Museum   of   Arts   and   Sciences   in   the   1950’s and   1960’s.      She   retired   from   the   RMSC   in 1976. In   1935,   the   club   mission   statement   was   to unite    individual    experience    and    thus    be able   to   give   inspiration   to   those   who   would like   to   make   better   quilts.      The   club   motto, “Help   One   Another,”   was   the   foundation   on which today’s traditions were built. “Help   One   Another”   extends   beyond   the   borders   of   the   club   as GVQC   has   a   long   history   of   community   service.      During   World   War   II quilts,   toys   and   monetary   donations   were   made   to   the   British   War Relief,   the   Red   Cross,   and   the   Russian   War   Relief.      Today,   through its    Love    and    Comfort    Project,     members extend    a    hand    to    those    in    need    through donation of hundreds of quilts each year. In   2002   the   Rochester   Museum   and   Science Center    RMSC    Quilt    Project    reported    that Genesee    Valley    Quilt    Club    partnered    with the   RMSC   during   the   late   1990’s   and   into the   2000’s   when   club   members   volunteered over   1000   hours   to   assist   in   the   restoration and   documentation   of   quilts   collections   at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. RMSC’s   quilt   collection   had   been   in   storage   for   many   years,   and   the general   knowledge   of   it   had   gradually   slipped   from   the   public’s   view.     This   changed   when   the   Susan   B.   Anthony   quilt   was   exhibited   several years   ago,   and   the   Genesee   Valley   Quilt   Club   created   a   replica   of   it   as   a gift   to   the   Susan   B.   Anthony   House.      The   Club’s   interest   in   the   Museum’s quilt    collection    grew,    and    its    members    voted    to    support    efforts    to improve   the   storage   conditions   of   a   number   of   quilts   through   financial donations.        The    collaboration    expanded    into    a    program    in    which volunteers   from   the   Quilt   Club   work   with   Museum   staff   to   document and   improve   the   storage   conditions   for   this   significant   collection.      The collaboration   haas   evolved   due   in   large   part to    the    Club’s    desire    to    contribute    to    the “unknown”      resource      of      historical      quilts spanning   two   centuries   -   a   treasure   in   its   own right   -   and   to   explore   the   possible   relationship of     local     genesis     of     the     women’s     suffrage movement in the region. (Rochester Museum & Science Center 2002) Besides   helping   others,   the   club   has   felt   its most   important   activity   is   displaying   quilts.     Since       1936,       GVQC       has       hosted       or participated    in    quilt    exhibits.        Early    displays    were    held    at    the Rochester    Museum    and    Science    Center.        In    recent    years,    the biennial quilt show  is held at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Genesee Valley Quilt Club, Inc. Founded January 1936