the University of Iowa and has taught 
at Texas Tech University and California 
State University, Fullerton. Her first 
book, Trembling Earth: A Cultural 
History of the Okefenokee Swamp
was released in paperback in 2009. 
Her second book, Ruin Nation:   
Destruction and the American Civil 
 is scheduled for publication in 
May 2012.  

pamela Weeks

Quilts for Civil War soldiers: 

stories from the Home Front 

and the Battlefield

SAturdAy, OctOber 20, 2 pM

Pamela Weeks, Curator of the New 
England Quilt Museum (NEQM), 
knows the stories behind the rare  
surviving Civil War quilts made by 
caring hands for soldiers fighting  
for North and South. In her lecture, 
“Quilts for Civil War Soldiers: Stories 
from the Home Front and the Battle-
field” learn about the quilts, their 
makers, life on the home front during 
the war, and about how civilians or-
ganized to get desperately needed aid 
and supplies to the battlefield.  
  Weeks, in addition to her work at 
the NEQM, is a state-juried member 
of the League of NH Craftsmen, and 
makes traditional and art quilts. For 
eight years she was the executive di-
rector of ABC Quilts in Northwood, 
NH. Recently, the journal Uncover-
published her article, One   
Foot Square, Quilted and Bound— 
A Survey of Potholder Quilts.


ach year around the time of the patriot’s Day holiday, the museum is proud  

to display the lexington Alarm letter drafted the morning of April 19, 1775.   

it alerted the colonies that war with the British had begun with the shots fired on 

the lexington green. This historic manuscript supports the claim that the skirmish 

in lexington was, indeed, the principal event that launched the American War for 

independence. Before the museum acquired it, the Alarm letter had been privately 

held for more than 200 years.  

 patriot’s Day weekend offers much to do at the museum and in the town  


of lexington. Visit us and tour “Sowing the Seeds of liberty: lexington and the 

American revolution,” the museum’s exhibition on why the people of lexington 

took up arms to fight for a way of life. Join us for free gallery talks on Saturday, 

April 14 at 11 am and 2 pm. Craft activities will be offered on patriot’s Day, April 

16, from 10:30 am–1:30 pm. Kids can get into the spirit of the day by making  

tricorne hats, colonial caps, whirligigs, spoon dolls, and shop and tavern signs.  

The cost is $7/family; $5/members. We look forward to seeing you!

April 11–21, 2012


alarm Letter, 

april 20, 1775. 

Daniel Tyler, 




ink on paper. 




Lexington Alarm Letter


On View April 11 thrOugh April 21

Join Us for Patriot’s Day Weekend Activites

Spring/Summer 2012