Smithsonian Museum- You Can Save CPS Students' Historic Quilt from Peril

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  The city of Chicago celebrated its 150th Birthday  thirty years ago--1987. For the occasion, to represent all Chicago children, CPS  students of Horace Mann Elementary School were funded and commissioned by the city to create an embroidered quilt depicting life events experiences in Chicago. I directed the project as their teacher.

Embroidery was chosen as the medium in order to connect students of today to students of 150 years ago; in that era students were taught embroidery. CPS students accomplished a grand quilt. It received outstanding media coverage and was also exhibited in city museums and other public places for a year. Over its 30 years it has served as the centerpiece for several quilt shows.

I can no longer be the keeper of the quilt--the hand of time.  The quilt is now retired and needs a proper permanent home. The Smithsonian Museum received the quilt from me on April 17, 2017 and notified  me that it will  decide whether or not to keep it to add  to their collection.

I chose the Smithsonian  because its website described a division in the museum whose collection includes quilts described as: of significant historical merit,  municipally funded, teaching projects, and of the community. These attributes, among other qualities, perfectly describe the grand quilt. The quilt should also  be kept at the Smithsonian for safe keeping. I use the word safekeeping because our city's history museum has never responded to my  requests to provide a permanent home for the quilt.

I fear if the quilt is returned by the Smithsonian it will not have a proper permanent home and instead will  be in peril. This should not be the fate of the quilt. If this happens it will dishonor a substantive contribution to our nation's history made by our youth--our future. You can speak up for the quilt by signing this petition feverently asking the museum to keep the historic commemorative quilt.