Pieces of history

To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Association of Public Historians of New York State and the 400th anniversary of the state, a legacy quilt made up of squares from state municipalities will be pieced together.

"As far as I know, the towns of Lenox, Stockbridge, Lincoln and Eaton and the villages of Canastota and Munnsville will be represented on the quilt," said Canastota Historian David Sadler.

The Canastota Canal Town Quilters donated a piece of the town of Lenox's history on a quilt block using the town's logo of a canal boat. The Madison County seal has been placed on another quilt square. Sadler took both blocks to the APHNYS conference, held April 27 through 29 in Albany.

Sadler said he plans to solicit a group to transfer the village of Canastota's logo onto a block. His ultimate goal is to get every town, village and the city of Oneida in Madison County to be represented on the quilt. If all participated, 27 blocks would be contributed from Madison County, including the county seal block.

"If all the municipalities in the state were represented with a 12 by 12 quilt square as APHNYS is requesting, the quilt would be at least 41 feet long by 40 feet wide," Sadler said. "When all the squares are brought or sent to Albany and put together, the completed quilt will be permanently housed in the New York State Museum."

Sadler said the quilt is an effort to include the entire state in the quadricentennial, when Henry Hudson first sailed up a river in 1609 that now bares his surname. The quadricentennial is mostly being celebrated from Albany to New York City.

Sadler said the state has not issued a deadline for quilt blocks but he's urging any town or village that would like to contribute a block to contact him and he would make sure the block is delivered to the state office.

"School groups could do this for a historical project," Sadler said, as a suggestion.

Sadler is a trustee for APHNYS and a representative of Region 9, which encompasses Madison, Onondaga, Cayuga and Cortland counties.

To contact Sadler, call 697-6169.

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