The Union County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will hold its August meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, in meeting room A of the Marysville Public Library.
The program is on “Underground Railroad quilts” presented by Hope Riegle. As always, the public is welcome to come and learn more about the quilt patterns that shaped our history.
Speaker Hope Riegle is from Findlay. She has lived in Hancock County all her life. She was a farmer’s wife and a stay at home mom. She has five children, 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She worked on the farm driving tractors and trucks. After her husband retired they traveled in a GMC motor home for several years.
Riegle is an avid quilter. She has a group of ladies that come over every Wednesday and quilt at her home. She makes a quilt for each of her grandchildren as they graduate from high school and get married. She has given quilts to all of her children many times for Christmas.
“I was raised with quilting. My mother and my grandmother usually had a quilting frame up in the living roomm” she said.
“The first quilt that I made was an embroidered peacock when I was 18. Our United Methodist Women wanted a program on the Underground Railroad quilts so I made some blocks and it has grown since then. I am a quilter not a historian.”
Article submitted by Marie Bouic, recording secretary of the Union County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
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