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December 2019 Program

Deborah Divine

Deborah Divine’s topic for December is Rose Kretsinger, Quilter, Artist, Author (1886-1963) who was a nationally famous 20th century quilter from Emporia, Kansas. Deborah combines two of her loves, quilting and research, into an historic characterization of Rose Kretsinger. Rose shared her knowledge and love of quilting in part through her co-authorship of the highly acclaimed Romance of the Patchwork Quilt. She is in the Quilter’s Hall of Fame and has two quilts in the Top 100 Quilts of the 20th Century. Deborah continues Rose’s love of sharing her quilting, philosophy and techniques, as well as appreciation for the time in which she lived, with her portrayal of Rose. Deborah has spent much of her professional career conducting research and sharing her results in both the public and private sectors. She was named one of the top 50 researchers on the University of Florida research faculty in 1986. She served as Program Manager for the Kansas Scenic Byways Program for 13 years. During that time she sponsored numerous conferences and workshops, one of which was “Ride Into History” by Drs. Joyce Thierer and Ann Birney, which proved to be an “I can do that” moment for her. She has conducted extensive research not only about Rose, but also the place and times in which she lived. She is grateful to Rose’s family, other quilt researchers, the Lyon County Historical Society, and the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas, which is the repository for Rose’s quilts and quilting tools for their assistance in her research.

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