The Wood County Historical Commission and Winnsboro Heritage Committee will present “Quilts and Their Stories Binding Generations Together” by Dr. Deborah L. Burkett on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 2 p.m. at the depot. The program is free of charge.
Burkett’s presentation is based upon 12 years of historical data collected at quilt shows and beyond, saving information which might otherwise be lost.
Burkett’s efforts culminated in an all-color 370-page publication filled with over 500 quilts from the 1800s to the present day. Also included are photos of pioneer quilters, generational quilters and home demonstration clubs such as ladies from the Cartwright and Webster communities in the Winnsboro area in the 1950s. They met and quilted at the old Daniel house located on State Highway 37.
Burkett will display many quilts from her personal collection circa 1850s to 1950s, also on display will be quilts from the Winnsboro area.
According to Terrie Gonzales, editor of the Cherokeean Herald Newspaper, “As a consummate historian, Deborah has catalogued data, interviewed hundreds of families, snapped photographs and created a masterpiece as elegant and detailed as a Double Wedding Ring quilt. Countless future generations will be grateful to her when they discover the book on a shelf.”
The goal of the book was to ensure quilts, the quilt makers and their stories would not be forgotten and is dedicated to our ancestors—their memories worthy of preservation.
As KLTV personality Joan Hallmark said in her Proud of East Texas TV segment on the book, “Who knew that Deborah’s little quilt show in Troup would be so historic?”
Burkett is a retired educator and site visitor for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a graduate of Sam Houston University, University of Alaska and University of Southern California – Los Angeles.
Bufkett has always had an abiding interest in history and photography. She is currently a member of the Cherokee County Historical Commission, where she is committee chair of the Historic Photo Collection and Archives. She’s also an active member of Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Cherokee County Genealogical Society, Jacksonville Wednesday Study Club and numerous other groups.
A founding member of the Troup Genealogical/Historic Society, Inc., and a member of working committees that published two books: “Troup Goes to WWII” (1999) and “A Century of the History of Troup, Texas” (2009).
Deborah’s current book in progress is “East Texas Spirited Women 1850s to 1950s.”
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