Penn State Schuylkill Alliance hosts a display of the aids memorial quilt

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view from Monday, Nov. 18, through Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Ciletti Memorial Library in Schuylkill Haven. This free display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt is being hosted by the Penn State Schuylkill Alliance and visitors may attend Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, anytime from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3-foot by 6-foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3-foot by 6-foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe and they have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.

In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS. By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The AIDS Memorial Quilt helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends and community.

Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, churches, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate. To date, more than 15 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of display throughout the world.

For more information on the display in Schuylkill Haven at the Penn State Schuylkill Ciletti Memorial Library, call 570-385-6234. For more information on The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, visit http://aidsquilt.org or call the national headquarters at 404-688-5500.

Last Updated November 18, 2013