Item 2009.19.2.1 - Historic Port Hope Quilt Wall Hanging

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Historic Port Hope Quilt Wall Hanging

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CA ON00154 2009.19.2.1

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  • 1984 (Creation)
    Kerr, Elizabeth (Shuttleworth)
    Port Hope, Municipality of

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1 artifact; textile; 50" x 76"

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Elizabeth Kerr (nee Shuttleworth) (b. abt. 1917; d. 11 Dec 2001) was a respected member of the community. Betty and her husband of 60 years Jim, loved Port Hope and respected its history. The couple had two daughters, Lynne and Carol. They volunteered on the Hospital Board, the Hospital Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels and Community Care. Betty was a creative and prolific needle-worker. She was a founding member of the Northumberland Hills Stitchery Guild. With a large group of other needle-workers she helped to produce a mural depicting the history of Toronto. The mural was donated to the City and hangs in Toronto City Hall. Betty was a member of the Sesquicentennial Committee of Port Hope in 1984. She died in 2001.

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Donated by Lynne and Carol Kerr, daughters of Jim and Betty Kerr. Donated in their parent's memory to the Municipality of Port Hope. The Municipality turned the quilt over to Heritage Port Hope who turned to the Port Hope Archives for assistance in storing and managing the quilt. The quilt was presented to the Port Hope Archives during the Committee of the Whole Meeting on 28 Apr 2009. The quilt was presented by Lynne Kerr to Moya McPhail of Heritage Port Hope. Moya presented it to Krista Taylor, archivist, Port Hope Archives, along with a photograph album (2009-19-1-3197) also created by Betty & Jim Kerr.

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Item is a quilted wall-hanging, showing buildings of Port Hope. The buildings depicted on the quilt are as follows: Dunain, Belgrave's Water Tower (Greenwood Towers), The Octagon House, Pinehurst, The Bluestone, The Cone, St. Mark's Anglican Church, Port Hope Harbour, Town Hall, Robert Mitchell House, Forge Cottage, Chapel at Trinity College School, Walton Street, Viaduct, Ganaraska River, Wimbourne, North American Hotel, Methodist Church, United Church, CN Railway Station and The Belvedere. It was created by Betty Kerr (d. 2001) in 1984 to celebrate Port Hope's Sesquicentennial.

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Quilt is to be available for display within conservation and preservation restrictions.

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