Collection Website: http://www.countryheritagepark.com/
As a pilot for Canadian quilt study and research collections to enhance international planning for the Quilt Index, quilts from the Canada Packers Original Quilt Collection, Canada Packers Quilt Competition Quilts, and Country Heritage Park permanent collection quilts archived at Country Heritage Park and documented by Judy Lyons were entered into the Quilt Index. The Country Heritage Park (formerly Ontario Agricultural Museum) holds a small collection of quilts tied to the history of farming in Ontario and serves as the home to the Canada Packers Original Quilt Collection (10 quilts), as well as the Canada Packers Competition quilts (19 quilts). These quilts are significant to Canadian agricultural history because they came to fruition with the help of a diversified Canadian Corporation. Canada Packers was the largest producer of food products in Canada and operated processing and manufacturing facilities in Great Britain. In 1976 they used a travelling collection of quilts as a goodwill gesture to the agricultural community by recognizing quilting as a traditional and continuing craft. Research about the Canada Packers collection has been published in a three part series by Judy Lyons titled "Revisiting the Canada Packers Quilt Collection and (3) Competition Quilt Collections". "Part I –Revisiting the Canada Packers Quilt Collection and Three Competition Quilt Collections " The Canadian Quilter, Autumn 2011, Vol.30, No 1, pp. 60-61. "Part II-The Manitoba Collection" The Canadian Quilter, Winter 2011, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 22-23. "Part III-The Alberta Collection" The Canadian Quilter, Spring 2012, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 22-23. The mission of Country Heritage Park is to preserve the history of rural life and agriculture in Ontario and showcase its evolution (past, present and future) through public events and education programs. Country Heritage Park is an interactive heritage park depicting the evolution of agriculture and rural life over the last 170 years. This 80 acre park aims to be a farm and country experience for the whole family. The grounds encompass over 30 exhibit buildings and 20,000 artifacts. Judy Lyons is an accredited quilt appraiser and lecturer based in Ontario, whose expertise crosses antique, traditional, non-traditional quilts and fibre art. Thanks to David Nattress, General Manager of Country Heritage Park; Lorraine Fiset and Jocelyne Hamilton, Education Coordinators, Country Heritage Park; Judy Lyons, Independent Researcher. This pilot was supported by an international collaborative planning grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services.