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DATE: 2 August 2011
CONTACT: Stephanie Turnham
PHONE: 254.933.5243
EMAIL:  stephanie.turnham@co.bell.tx.us

PARTNERSHIP TO PRODUCE THE GREAT BELL COUNTY QUILT CRAWL

A group of diverse cultural and tourism partners invites the public to visit pieces of history through the county-wide Great Bell County Quilt Crawl.  The project's goals are to promote the rich artistic and historic nature of quilts throughout the county, and to promote tourism in Bell County and Central Texas.  

The quilt crawl will be held January 14 through February 18, 2012, at the following facilities:  Cultural Activities Center, Temple; Railroad and Heritage Museum, Temple; Czech Heritage Museum, Temple; UMHB Museum, Belton; Bell County Museum, Belton; Salado Historical Society at the Robertson Plantation, Salado; and Killeen Arts & Activities Center, Killeen.

Other partners are Killeen Civic and Conference Center, Salado Chamber of Commerce, Village of Salado Tourism Department, Belton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Central Texas Tourism Council, and Temple Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Each facility will host a quilt exhibit for six weeks.  Each Saturday during the time period, one of the sites will have a special activity that relates to quilts and quilting.  For example, the Bell County Museum will have a textile preservation workshop on January 21, and the Czech Heritage Museum will host a bobbin lace activity on January 28.  A quilt square contest will be held at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on February 18, and the Railroad and Heritage Museum will host a bed turning activity on February 11.  Each partner will have its own designated Saturday, except for the Bell County Museum and UMHB Museum, which will be held on the same day.

At each site, visitors can purchase, for $2, our uniquely shaped magnet.  If visitors attend each exhibit and purchase a magnet at each site, they will have a complex 4 X 6 inch quilt magnet in red, white, and blue.

Stephanie Turnham, Bell County Museum director, said, "We are all happy to be working together on a fun project like this.  Everyone loves quilts because of their artistic, as well as historic, nature.  Hopefully, acquiring the magnets will encourage visitors to attend each venue."

For more information, log onto our individual websites, or log on to www.quilt-crawl.org.

 


 

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