Arts & Culture

Stitched in Time – Historic North End / Waterfront Wall Hanging

Stitching together the North End and Waterfront neighborhood in the late 1970’s, a large group of North End women created this phenomenal 12′ x 12′ wall hanging, recently on display at the North Bennet Street School and previously at Boston City Hall. Featuring historic and contemporary images from the community, the quilt-like artwork highlights our shared history and emotional ties. Presented when the nation was celebrating the bicentennial, the huge wall hanging brings the viewer through our colonial heritage with the Paul Revere House to 20th century events including the Great Molasses Flood and the Brinks Robbery.

Perhaps most special about this quilting-bee project was that it brought together ladies from the newly developed waterfront with those from the longstanding North End. The North End – Waterfront Arts Council received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to help complete the wall hanging. All the creator names appear on the perimeter, including Mrs. Catherine Pizzuto who lived to the age of 106 and just recently passed away three months ago at the North End Nursing Home.

Many thanks to Teresa (Terri) Mazzulli for sharing her knowledge about the Stitched in Time wall hanging, shown below, including a 1977 Boston Globe article and her own story of “Stitched in Time – Historic North End Memories.”

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