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Virtual Spring Lecture Series - Quilts of the Unknown Stitchers: Canadian Red Cross Quilts 1939-1945

Join Joanna Dermenjian from the safety and comfort of your own home. This free online talk streamed live on Tuesday, March 30 at 1 p.m. 

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As a lifelong maker and learner, Joanna is interested in researching and sharing how women, both historically and in the present day, use stitching to nurture and restore themselves and to create community with other women for individual and collective well-being. She is also looking at how women use everyday domestic textiles to tell the stories of their lives. Her recent research has led her to a little known ‘making’ by Canadian women on the ‘Home Front’, quilts made and donated to the Canadian Red Cross during WWII. Through sharing her research, Joanna endeavours to encourage women to understand why our making is important and how it connects us back to our ancestors and forward to future generations.  

If you wish to ask questions during the Q&A, they can be submitted in the comments for the video on Grey Roots YouTube (please note, you have to be logged into a YouTube account to do so), or via Messenger on Grey Roots Facebook. This talk will also remain available to view following.

This presentation is part of our Virtual Spring Lecture Series taking place online Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. from March 30 through April 20. Livestreams will be available at – pre-registration not required. 

The 2020 Virtual Spring Lecture Series is a free event, but if these talks are something you enjoy, please consider becoming a Grey Roots member. Your interest and support is sincerely appreciated.

Pictured: Red Cross Quilting, Sarawak Women's Institute, 1944 
Mrs. Ed Lee, Mrs. W. Saunders, Mrs. J. McNaught, Mrs. L. Weaver, Mrs. S. Wilson, Mrs. Ed McGregor, Mrs. G. Saunders, Mrs. W. Kirk, Mrs. T. Kirk, Miss Mary Larter, Mrs. E. Barfoot, Gwen Kirk, Jemima McNaught

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