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History-based quilt to help historical society

ROUSES POINT - A quilt commemorating women in history is now being raffled off to support the efforts of the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society.

The society previously raffled off a quilt in July, raising more than $360. With various projects in the helm, the group decided to try it again.

"We didn't do any major fundraisers last year other than that one quilt," explained society president Geri Favreau. "We have little projects that we would like to do that we have to have some funds for."

Some of the projects include restoring the old D & H Railroad Station into a museum and reprinting the book "Rouses Point: Centennial Year, 1877-1977."

When the society was deciding what to do for another fundraiser, member Carole Prevost-Meier explained she had a king-size quilt that would work perfectly.

Prevost-Meier, co-owner of the quilt shop Fibre Junction, explained the shop has a Block of the Month Club in which one block of a quilt is put together each month. To prepare for the first meeting, Prevost-Meier created a sampler last year entitled "Women of Influence."

"I've always had the idea that I would donate that quilt," said Prevost-Meier, "and when Geri spoke about a fundraiser, I just went 'Click, this is it.'"

The quilt is based off the quilting book, "Women of Influence: 12 Leaders of the Suffrage Movement," by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, with each block dedicated to a woman who worked for equal rights regardless of race and/or gender.

Those women include Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, Frances Perkins, Lucy Stone, Jane Addams, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Fanny Jackson Coppin, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, and Julia Ward Howe.

"When I made this quilt, I knew it had to be used as a symbol of the many contributions made by women throughout history," said Prevost-Meier. "It was not a quilt I could keep for myself, but one that had to be shared. Women are and have played a significant role in the history of the world; it's high time history is rewritten to include their contributions."

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