of Alberta

Passing on the Comfort travelling exhibit project collection

Accession 2012.025

Title and Physical Description

Passing on the Comfort traveling exhibit project collection. – 2005. – 0.5 cm of textual records. – 8 photographs


Passing on the Comfort was a travelling exhibit from Mennonite Central Committee featuring 18 quilts and comforters made by North American women and sent to the Netherlands by MCC following World War II.  For decades the quilts were in the care of a Dutch Mennonite woman whose home served as a refuge for Jews, hungry children and Mennonite refugees from Ukraine.   The exhibit was launched in Pennsylvania and was brought to Alberta in 2005.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 8 photographs taken by Lillian Bartel at the launch of the book Passing on the Comfort, together with related news reports and brochures.

Source of Acquisition

Collected and donated by Lillian Bartel who was a key contact person when the exhibit came to Calgary.

Related Material

An Keuning-Tichelaar and Lynn Kaplanian-Buller, Passing on the Comfort:  The War, The Quilts, and the Women Who Made a Difference, (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2005). MHSA Library D 802 KEU.