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October Meeting: Sharon Zonker

  • Beth Shalom Congregation 3750 East 3rd Street Bloomington, IN, 47401 United States (map)

6:00 pm Doors Open   •   6:30 pm Show and Tell  •  7:00 pm Program

Meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month September - June.
Guests welcome! (Guests may attend up to 2 meetings during a guild year without paying dues.) There is no need to register to attend.

Civil War Quilt Stories

Sharon Zonker is a retired teacher and long-time Civil War buff.  Sharon and husband Jerry have been interested in studying and visiting Civil War sites since their marriage. Since retirement, they spend part of the winter in Charleston, SC where the war started 158 years ago this year.


Over the years, Sharon has gathered stories and information focusing on the women and slaves connected with this nation-changing war. Sharon is a quilter and uses quilts to tell the stories she has gathered. While in Charleston she has attended many seminars, toured several plantations, and become acquainted with slave descendants. She shares their stories through her quilts.

With the recent celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday, Sharon will be focusing on the Underground Railroad in our state.  Levi and Catherine Coffin, Quakers living in Fountain City, hid over 3000 slaves on their way to freedom in Canada. Their story is important to our state’s history as well as America’s history. Sharon has quilts illustrating this important trail to freedom. Sharon has shared her quilts and stories with groups in Charleston as well as many quilt and historical societies throughout Indiana. This past year she has spoken at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Marion Library, Tippecanoe Quilters, and at the Morton Center at Purdue University.

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Earlier Event: September 28
Common Threads Quilt Guild Show