Friday, December 14, 2012

1812 Preserve the Pensions Project: Debbe Hagner's Afghan

When Debbe Hagner heard about the 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project, she started crocheting right away. The result? She's donating this gorgeous queen-sized afghan to be given away to a contributor to MYRT'S PLAN: Supporting the 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project.

PHOTO: Debbe A. Hagner,
from her personal collection.
Ol' Myrt first met Debbe years ago in Florida, where Debbe still volunteers at her local FamilySearch Center. She can read lips, and speaks in a manner that I've come to understand. It is through her that I've become sensitive to the needs of those who are hearing impaired. This spunky gal even encouraged Ol' Myrt to learn a few more ASL words in a recent Skype call as we discussed how this afghan will find a new home.

Readily assisting others with hearing disabilities, Debbe Hagner gave seven presentations at the 2012 Genealogy Workshop for the Deaf, June 20-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. View Debbe's video titled An Introduction to Castle Garden: Your Ancestors' Gateway to America at the FamilySearch website.

Debbe says:
Twenty-five years ago, I started making  granny squares when I was with my parents driving from Chicago to Florida. Each square took about 4 minutes to do. When I ran out of yarn, my dad would stop by K-mart to let me buy some more yarn. Then I would tie the corners with scrap yarn to see how I wanted  it to look. Then I took black yarn and sewed each square together. 

I didn't count how many squares there are in this one. But 30 years ago, I made a king-size blanket out of granny square for myself with the variety of colors like the ones you see here.  It took me one month to sew them together. I crocheted the edge with  two rows and that took me one hour to do. 
"When DearMYRTLE first mentioned that FGS has a quilt project, I thought about the afghan that was sitting in the closet for 22 years as yet incomplete. I decided to finish it and donate it to raise money for the FGS War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project."  
The theme for the blanket is "Come together for comfort and warmth".  I have made many things doing crochet - hats, mittens, slippers, ponchos, and many others. It is a great pleasure to make this. I love crocheting, stamp collecting  collecting buttons (pins) and most of all genealogy. I have been doing genealogy for 35+ years.  

PHOTO: Mr. Myrt took this pic detailing the 2-yarn
"Granny Square" crochet pattern.

When I inquired about Debbe's background she explains:
I was born with a hearing loss at birth. I was a premature baby, 3 month early. When I was 4 years old my grandmother was suspicious that I couldn't hear. My parents would say that I have selective hearing loss. So grandma took me to the doctor and found out that I have nerve deafness. At the time I had 76 decibel(db) loss and currently have 98 db. I have no hearing in my left ear. I am expert in lip reading.  I learned sign language when I was a sophomore in high school. I was in an oral program in public mainstreaming program. I credit my parents and my sister for correcting my speech when I don't say my "s".  I enjoy teaching, lecturing and researching genealogy. I hope to work on my accreditation in German research. Some day I hope to sign a song at a Rootstech, NGS and FGS conference.

Debbe's gorgeous afghan will be on display at the 2013 Rootstech, NGS and FGS Conferences. 

Names of all DearMYRTLE contributors will be collated so Debbie can designate the new home for this gorgeous afghan at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana  21-24 Aug 2013. Donations to preserve the pensions are made online through the "donate" button below, now through August 15, 2013. A contributor's name will be chosen at random, and the decision of the judge is final. You do not have to be present to win, but must then provide a US or Canada address to DearMYRTLE for receipt of the afghan.

It costs roughly 50 cents to digitize each page. This means for every $1 you donate, 2 pages can be digitized.

But through this plan, your donated dollars can be multiplied as follows:

GOAL: Raise $2,500 from DearMYRTLE's DearREADERS.
  • Your $1 digitizes 2 pension pages
  • $2,500 digitizes 5,000 pension pages
  • Fairfax Genealogical Society matches $2,500 for a total of 10,000 pension pages
  • matches $5,000 for a total of 20,000 pension pages

Kudos to Debbe for sharing her time and talent in support of this worthy cause!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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