The iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt signifies loss and love like no other
memorial, especially as we reach the tragic 30-year landmark of the AIDS
pandemic in 2011. It is more important than ever to use the Quilt as a
teaching tool for a generation that cannot comprehend the enormity of AIDS
devastation in the world.

AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region will bring ten 12’x12’ sections of
the AIDS Memorial Quilt to the Monadnock Region to acknowledge World AIDS
Day, held annually on December 1 since 1988. The purpose of the day is to
engage communities in understanding, compassion and hope throughout the
world using this powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic and the 30
million people who have died from AIDS worldwide.

More than 50,000 individual 3’ x 6’ memorial panels – each one commemorating
the lives of people who have died of AIDS – have been sewn together by
friends, lovers and family members. The Quilt weighs 56 tons, is the
equivalent of 30 football fields when displayed with walkways, measures 56
miles long if all panels were laid end to end, and includes more than 94,000
The Quilt has redefined the tradition of quilting in response to
contemporary circumstances. A memorial, a tool for education and a work of
art, the Quilt is a unique creation, an uncommon and uplifting response to
the tragic loss of human life. View the Quilt:

Global statistics indicate that 40-44,000,000 persons are living with HIV
and 50% of them are women. Statistically, heterosexual women are the
fastest growing group of new HIV infections. In the United States, 1.4
million people are living with HIV/AIDS; annually, 63,000 people contract
HIV, a 52% increase over 2007 statistics; and young persons ages 14-25
account for 50% of new HIV infections. In New Hampshire, there are over
1700 people living with HIV/AIDS.

To book the Quilt and/or a speaker for your school, business or church,
please contact Susan MacNeil at 603-357-6855 or

AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region (, founded in
1989, is a non-profit organization committed to serving people living with
HIV/AIDS in southwestern NH and funded, in part, by The Monadnock United Way
and the City of Keene.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived in November of 1985 by Jones, longtime
San Francisco gay rights activist. Subsequently in June of 1987, a small
group of strangers gathered in a city storefront to document the lives they
feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those
who had died of AIDS and to thereby help people understand the devastating
impact of the disease. This action served as the foundation that created
the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
On October 11, 1987, the Quilt was displayed for the first time on the
National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the National March on Washington
for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It covered a space larger than a football field
and included 1,920 panels. Half a million people visited the Quilt that

The overwhelming response to the Quilt's inaugural display led to a
four-month, 20-city, national tour for the Quilt in the spring of 1988.
Local panels were added in each city, tripling the Quilt's size to more than
6,000 panels by the end of the tour.

The Quilt returned to Washington, D.C. in October of 1988, when 8,288 panels
were displayed on the Ellipse in front of the White House. In 1989 a second
tour of North America brought the Quilt to 19 additional cities in the
United States and Canada. By 1992, the AIDS Memorial Quilt included panels
from every state and 28 countries. In October 1992, the entire Quilt
returned to Washington, D.C. and in January 1993 The NAMES Project was
invited to march in President Clinton's inaugural parade.

The last display of the entire AIDS Memorial Quilt was in October of 1996
when The Quilt covered the entire National Mall in Washington, D.C. The
Washington, D.C. displays of October 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1996 are the
only ones to have featured the Quilt in its entirety.

The Quilt was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and remains the
largest community art project in the world. The Quilt has been the subject
of countless books, films, scholarly papers, articles, and theatrical,
artistic and musical performances, including "Common Threads: Stories From
The Quilt" which won the Academy Award as the best feature-length
documentary film of 1989.

Susan MacNeil, Executive Director
AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region -
The Cleve Jones Wellness House -