Art teacher presents history of quilting: Featured Alpharetta Historical Society speaker

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Ben Hollingsworth, vice president of the Alpharetta Historical Society, will be the featured speaker at the April 18 meeting of the Alpharetta Historical Society, making a presentation on the history of quilting.

Hollingsworth will touch on the development of the textile industry, its significant events and people who had a part in making quilting what it has become.

He will also display several quilts that he has made or acquired and will include some quilting history that is specific to Georgia and the Alpharetta community.

In addition, he will provide information on preserving the history of AHS quilts and interviewing quilters who made them.

Hollingsworth retired as an art teacher in 2006, having spent his last years in public education at Haynes Bridge Middle School and Chattahoochee High School.

Shortly after retirement, he joined the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild in Alpharetta and made his first quilt the next year.

Since that time, he has been affiliated with several quilting organizations and received awards for his design work in quilting and at various quilt shows. Hollingsworth quilts an average of five hours to six hours a day or is planning a quilt design or doing other things related to his art.

He has conducted several workshops and provided many presentations throughout the years. Admission is free to the public.