A group of volunteers founded the New England Quilt Guild in the 1970’s which became a 501 (c) 3 educational organization that eventually founded the New England Quilt Museum in 1987. Volunteers staffed several huge fund-raising quilt shows, formed committees, formed a board of directors, did site searches, and opened a quilt museum. They staged exhibitions, borrowing quilts from all over New England and all over the world. Volunteers made a plan and started a collection for this museum, commissioning important works from important quilt artists. They continued planning and put in place professional staff. And volunteers kept coming in to fold quilts, mount exhibitions, teach children to quilt, and staff our world-class library.
Today, volunteers are just as important to the present and to the future of the New England Quilt Museum. We need you still, for all of the “jobs” listed above—the library needs volunteers on a weekly basis, and volunteers are needed as docents on a monthly basis. Collections volunteers are needed for folding and vacuuming quilts, and installation volunteers are needed to mount exhibits going up this summer and in the fall. If you have just a few hours a month, or can give a few each week, let us know. Your volunteer time is greatly appreciated and needed in the busy summer months to come, as we welcome visitors to Lowell from across the world. Do come—it’s a wonderful place for fellowship and service in the name of quilts!
~ Pamela Weeks
Binney Family Curator