Helping One Another Blend Art and Tradition Genesee Valley Quilt Club, Copyright © 2021

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 Genesee Valley Quilt Club , Copyright ©2021
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