Can you fit Amenia inside a square?
By CORY ALLYN - Special To The Millerton News
May, 12, 2011
AMENIA — Capturing the essence of Amenia inside a 12-foot by 12-foot quilted square: that’s the task at hand for Town Historian Arlene Iuliano, who is looking for local help to participate in a state-wide heritage quilt project.
The project is being promoted by the Association of Public Historians of New York State; it was started to coincide with the Hudson-Champlain Quadricentennial event held in 2009.
The Heritage Quilt Project is seeking towns to submit quilted squares to represent their communities. The squares will then be sewn together into a giant quilt, to be presented to the New York State Museum for its collection.
According to Iuliano, there is no deadline for the town’s part of the project to be completed, but she went before the Town Board at its April 14 meeting to publicize the project and to get the community thinking about how to best represent Amenia.
“Apparently the state has received a number of [quilted squares] already,” Iuliano said in an interview. “But we can put anything on the quilt. We have some people in this community who have great skill, and hopefully they’ll have the time to volunteer.”
At the Town Board meeting, Iuliano suggested the view of the town from DeLavergne Hill as a possible idea; town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard threw in the Borden Milk Factory in Wassaic, which supplied Union troops with condensed milk supplies during the Civil War.
Iuliano asked that anyone with ideas or who has quilting knowledge contact her at 845-3737-9088.
“I think it’s a great project as a way to help put us on the map,” she said, “and I’m glad the town is supportive.”