The Royal Alberta Museum is doing a program where they are trying to preserve the art of quilting, both the art form and quilts themselves that have been done in the past so people can learn how quilting has changed over time. Quilts were first made in Canada in the late 18th century with the arrival of settlers from the British Isles and the United States, the oldest quilt in Canada dates back to 1810 and is currently exhibited at a museum in Nova Scotia. Although today quilting is known as a creative and artistic hobby, but back in the 1850, it was a necessity of life and that is why quilting has evolved over the years.

This Saturday September 25th, at the museum residence will have a chance to have their quilts looked at Culture & Historic Precinct Supervisor Diane Yanch explains says " They are going to be taking a look at peoples quilts that are dated pre 1970, and they will be recorded in a data base" If your quilt is antique enough you could have family members quilts written up, photographed and kept in a data base forever.

It does take about an hour to go properly document your quilt so appointments are required, for more information or to book an appointment, please contact Kris Nygren, Curator, Fort Heritage Precinct, at 780-998-1783 or by email at This program takes place this Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kinsmen Room at the Canadian Northern Railway Station.