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I had a wonderful afternoon at the Montgomery County Museum a couple of weeks ago. The curator Sherry Wyatt has mounted a very interesting woven coverlet exhibition and she asked me to come to the museum to talk about the cultural tradition of coverlet weaving in southern Appalachia, especially in Virginia. It was a warm, sunny day with a hint of autumn yet to come as I drove north from visiting old friends in Abingdon. A nice crowd gathered to meet me and many people brought coverlets and blankets to show me, hoping for some information about the place and time they were made. So many woven coverlets and blanket in this region stay in the family of origin that there is a direct connection to the owner in the 21st century.  It was great for me to be back in Appalachia sharing my knowledge and long history of field work in the region with so many interested people. I was asked to come back in 2013 and I hope that becomes a reality. I guess my heart will always be in southwest Virginia. 

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