We are located in Tyler, Texas, the Rose Capital of the World! We have been a branch since 1931 and we continue to give back to our community in many exciting ways! We invite you to explore our website for more information about what we do and we hope that you might even consider joining us! You can also learn of upcoming events by joining us on facebook.
Since the first meeting in 1881, the American Association of University Women has been a catalyst for change and improving women’s lives. Today, AAUW boasts more than 170,000 members and supporters – women and men of different generations, races, and political affiliations. With 1,000 branches and 800 college and university partners, AAUW members across the country contribute to a more promising future for women and girls.
Pleasant Hill Quilters – The Secret Codes of the Underground Railroad
March 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
First Christian Church
AAUW Tyler Branch is pleased to bring the Pleasant Quilters to Tyler for a program on March 11, 2017 at First Christian Church. Program starts at 10:30 and includes lunch. Cost per person is $12.00. Please complete a registration form and mail it, along with payment, no later than March 7th.
The women of the Pleasant Hill Quilting Group are dedicated to preservation of the art of quilt making. They have combined their talents with history to present a dynamic presentation of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code. They also use their skills to raise funds for worthy causes including the restoration and preservation of the Pleasant Hill Center, A Historical Rosenwald School.
During the early years of the Nation, the Underground Railroad was created and was a successful effort to aid African Americans in the South to escape the drudgery of slavery. Their mission was to secretly transport slaves to Canada where slavery was outlawed. Because the Canadian border was so far from the southern plantations and slave owners effort to capture and return the escapees, travel turned out to be a hazardous undertaking.
Secret codes and signals were developed to guide the travelers through the hazards. One was the use of bed quilts presumably hung out for cleaning. Each patch of the quilt represented a signal to guide the escapees.
Join us on March 11th to learn about these secret codes and the art of quilt making. Quilts are available for sale at the event. (Cash or check only).
Evening Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Next date will be March 16, 2017. The book to be discussed is
Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.
Daytime book club meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m..
The next meeting will be March 22, 2017 and the group will discuss Brooklyn by Colin Toibin. Mary Moore will be the host for March. For location contact Betty Tirey at 903-533-9938.
Meets the second Monday of each month. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The group will be meeting at Roast Social Kitchen.
Hope to see you there!