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July 4, 2012

Sharing The Quilt’s History

Joan Juster, panel maker and names reader coordinator, discusses the origins of The AIDS Memorial Quilt with Mike Smith, co-founder of The Names Project; Gert McMullin, Quilt production coordinator; and David Gere, former Quilt volunteer and AIDS activist.

Videography by Marinna Guzy
Edited by Michael Headley

  • Randy Marcotte

    The ’93 Quilt display changed my life. I was just getting ready to graduate from college in DC and happened upon a display. Seeing the quilt, hearing the stories and facing myself ( and potential future ) in the face of AIDS made me a better man. 19 years later, too many lost friends later and a world of experiences that stem from that one experience, I know I am a better person (and alive ) because of the work of the Names Project and the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

    • Smithsonian Folklife Festival

      Randy–thanks for sharing your experience with us. We are in awe of the good work and commitment of The Names Project staff and volunteers.