The researchers dug into the archives to learn about the social impacts of the war, studying the conflict from a women’s point of view. A team of five researchers wrote a story for each of the quilt blocks. Glenn Stott was their history advisor.
Laura Hathaway has many interests: butterfly farming, beekeeping, gardening, quilting, herBelgium draft horses. She is a Master Gardener and belongs to the Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild. Laura worked on many aspects of the barn quilt project and enjoyed bringing the quilt trail to life. She and her husband recently purchased a local feed mill in Melbourne where the barn quilt, “Farmers’ Britches”, resides. They are looking forward to this new chapter in life. The mother of two, Laura is a graduate of Ridgetown College and works for the City of London.
Anne Carruthers is originally from Orillia, Ontario and married into the Melbourne community in 1986. She and her husband, Ron, live on the Carruthers home farm and raised 2 daughters there. Local and family history has become an interest. Anne keeps busy with her large yellow brick heritage home, garden and her career as a Speech Language Pathologist. Anne worked on many aspects of the barn quilt project and her barn hosts “The Pine Tree”.
Frances and Richard Kilbourne helped their community jump into the Longwoods Barn Quilt project by adding a spur going south into the South Caradoc community. Nine barn quilts interpret the South Caradoc settlement history. “South Caradoc is the centre of our universe”, says Frances, “Writing up the block stories was a wonderful opportunity to delve deeply into Kilbourne history which began in the late 1700s.” Frances has always been interested in local history and she is delighted by the connections made since posting the project on the Internet. “The response was beyond our wildest expectations. We always knew the community had an interesting history but now that the blocks are up and the history is written down, others will see it too.”
Chris Crawford believes strongly that society needs to know its past in order to go forward intelligently. Chris has family roots that go back to the War of 1812, and some of the stories feature her relatives. Chris is also working with the Friends of Tecumseh Monument to help redevelop the monument honouring Tecumseh. A retired teacher and small business owner who resides in Thamesville, Chris’ interests include social and local history, geneology, quilting, reading, and gardening. Chris is a member of the Thamesville Horticultural Society and the Chatham-Kent Quilters Guild .
Mary Simpson’s passion and career have been devoted to rural community development. Working with her Creative Communities partner, Denise Corneil, the two women are devoted to local arts, culture, cuisine, and agriculture. Currently, the “Barn Quilt Ladies” are working with community groups across Ontario get their barn quilt trails started. They believe that rural communities have many stories to tell and that the arts and new media are the means.
Glenn Stott is a retired elementary educator; he has a wife and four adult children and four wonderful grandchildren. With a lifelong interest in the War of 1812, he has just published two books on the War Losses Claims for the London and Western Districts and Greater Evils.