Join the Grace O. Doane Alden Public Library to learn about the Barn Quilts of Iowa and the Underground Railroad Movement.
What started out as a Barn Quilt picture-taking trip to 291 farms in the counties of Grundy, Bremer, Butler, Black Hawk and Wright and also the city of Kalona for Danny Steiber of Waverly and Anna Kendall of Waterloo, turned into a one-hour PowerPoint slideshow and program.
As the 350 images appear on screen, Steiber explains the history of the Underground Railroad Movement and the development of Barn Quilts, 15 of which carried a special message to slaves traveling through Iowa in the 1800s on their quest to freedom. The four-page handout, given to all attendees, shows the slaves' travel routes in the United States and through Iowa at that time, a list of books and DVDs about this history and a duplication of a historical sign in Cedar county relative to the Underground Railroad.
The program will be Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public.