A special donation of a historical quilt linked to Kent has spurred the Kent Historical Society to offer an event dedicated to quilt history.

Sue Reich, of Washington, an author and lecturer on quilt history, will demonstrate the use of quilts as a historical research tool as part of the Kent Historical Society's Sunday Series Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at Kent Town Hall.

The main quilt that will be discussed is a recent donation to the KHS; a signature quilt that dates back 120 years has been returned to town.

Embroidered with the date 1894, it belonged to the Rev. Benjamin Mead Wright at the time of his retirement as pastor of the First Congregational Church in Kent in 1896.

The quilt was handed down in his family, where it remained until 2012, when KHS board members Dick and Charlotte Lindsey met his grandson, Stanley Wright, in Norwalk.

Wright felt strongly that the quilt should be returned to Kent. It was on display during that fall at the church and then transferred to the historical society.

At the time of this recent donation it was assumed that the quilt had been made as a retirement gift for Wright by his congregation, but close examination by Reich has now led us to believe that may not be the case.