Next Six@Six lecture looks at quilts: They aren't just fabric, they are stories

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Thursday – Jan. 30, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Quilts are a window into our heritage. Each has a specific reason it was made. From the design chosen to the fabric scraps used, quilts tell the stories of our families and the daily lives of people in bygone times. But how do we preserve these precious, historical heirloom quilts?

Join antique quilt collector, and Northern Kentucky University public history graduate, Tracy DeBellevue as she explains the proper techniques for care, display and storage of these beautiful historical artifacts. She will demonstrate these techniques with her own family heirloom, a quilt dating to the 19th century.

DeBellevue is the next presenter in NKU’s popular Six@Six Lecture Series. This season, the series includes six lectures by NKU students or recent graduates about their research while at NKU. The student lectures are in addition to the season’s community lectures by NKU faculty members.

Titled “Preserving Your Grandmother's Quilt: Restoration and Care of Antique Quilts,” DeBellevue’s lecture will be Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Campbell County Public Library - Carrico/ Ft. Thomas Branch (1000 Highland Ave.).

DeBellevue is a May 2013 graduate of NKU’s public history master’s program. She loves all aspects of design, photography, film-making and instructional design, especially when she can apply them to the field of public history. Telling stories and educating in engaging ways is her passion.

She enjoys documentary and instructional filmmaking, exhibit design as well as 19th century photographic processes. She has created unique and engaging films, motion graphics as well as photographs for the Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods Park, Taft Museum and various departments at NKU.

In addition to her love of working with people and learning about their stories, DeBellevue has more than 30 years of experience as an antique collector. Originally from Oklahoma, she moved to Kentucky in 2000.

Admisssion to the Feb. 4 lecture is $6; free for students. Tickets can be purchased online at

About Six@Six
The Six@Six Lecture Series is sponsored by the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, which works to connect the campus and community. Six@Six partners include the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, the Campbell County Public Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati, the Carnegie in Covington and the Baker-Hunt Foundation in Covington. Each partner hosts one or more of this season’s 13 lectures. The full season can be viewed online at

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