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Source: Press Release
Date: February 4, 2010
Byline: Press Release

The President's House: Their Untold Stories In Quilts

Non-Juried Call for Quilt Entries

DESCRIPTION: The President's House project commemorates the site of the first Presidential Mansion where United States Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The commemorative site will be located in front of the Liberty Bell Center in historic Philadelphia, the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Construction of the outdoor commemorative exhibit is underway in Philadelphia with a completion date of Fall 2010; the original house will not be recreated, but the exhibit design features a representation of architectural elements of this historic home. More importantly, this exhibit will reveal the true story that George Washington, while establishing a new democracy, held at least nine enslaved persons in this Philadelphia mansion as servants. Very little is known about these enslaved individuals: Oney Judge was an accomplished seamstress and personal maid to Martha Washington; denied her freedom by the Washingtons, she escaped to New England. Hercules (pronounced "Harkins") [Webmaster's note: Hercules' name was pronounced "Harkless," according to Martha Washington's grandson.] was President Washington's renowned chef, responsible for the lavish feasts the Washingtons held at the mansion.

The quilts will consider this irony: those who sought freedom in a new nation denied it to others. For more information and history links about the President's House go to http//

QUILT SIZE & ELIGIBILITY: Open to all quilters and I encourage foreign entries. No size limit, although for quilts larger than 4'X 4' please give advance notice to determine display availability. I reserve the right to deny acceptance of any quilt that would not be appropriate for public display. All quilts must be self-insured and transported at the quilter's expense.

VENUE & DISPLAY DATES: To Be Determined, but it is anticipated that quilts will be on display in an indoor exhibition space(s) during the time of formal dedication of the President's House exhibit in the Fall of 2010.


Michelle Flamer
P.O. Box 11
Wynnewood, PA 19096



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