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Come Find a Treasure

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Quilt Show Oct 10-20..

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A Daughter's Remembrance
of a Mother's
Love and a
Mother's
Sorrow 
  
Some of the family tales behind quilts of the Old Aurora Colony speak to the personal sacrifices associated with the founding of the Colony- including the poignant story of Anna Maria Miller Hewitt who, following the wishes of her older brother Samuel, left her husband Elias Hewitt in Ohio to join Dr. Wilhelm's communal group at Bethel, Missouri to follow a vision and a dream. Anna Maria took her daughter Lydia with her but tragically the three older children remained with their father.

In 1863 Anna Maria and Lydia Hewitt came to the "New Eden" in the Pacific Northwest at Aurora with other members of the Miller family including her niece Caroline Miller. In 1868 Caroline married Jacob Bauer and in 1869 gave birth to her daughter Lydia Bauer who she named after her cousin Lydia. Caroline, however, died in 1872 whereupon cousin Lydia Hewitt married Jacob Bauer and raised her Lydia step-daughter Lydia as her own.

Stepmother Lydia Hewitt Bauer eventually made this artful and brightly colored quilt in memory of Caroline Miller.

Wrapped up in this family drama and possibly stitched into this memory quilt is how in 1883 the now grown Isaac Hewitt renewed contact with his long lost sister Lydia Hewitt and their still living mother through a letter. 

One can only imagine what the letter contained that would break a decades-old silence but if you are lucky enough to be one of just sixty people to have tickets to "If Our Quilts Could Talk- Stories of the Old Aurora Colony Quilts", you will find out what Isaac has to say!   


As part of Aurora Colony Historical Society's 50th anniversary, we've added something very special to our 41st annual quilt show: "If Our Quilts Could Talk: Tales of the Old Aurora Quilts". This is a performance of five vignettes built around five Old Aurora Colony quilts. The performance will be on Saturday, October 12 at 5 pm in the Museum The special admission price of $20.00 for this performance including admission to the Quilt Show. Seating for "If Our Quilts Could Talk" is very limited so be sure to call the Museum for ticket reservations and more information:503-678-5754.


There's going to be a lot of fun and exciting things to see and do at our upcoming 41st annual quilt show Celebrating Our Golden Memories October 11-20. We look forward to welcoming you. 


 Sponsored by the Aurora Colony Historical Society - Celebrating 50 Years 1963 - 2013
"Preserving the Past for the Future" 

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