Five quilts from the AIDS National Memorial Quilt are on display through Dec. 1 at MSUM’s Livingston Lord Library. The quilts are displayed on the first floor of the library during all hours the library is open.

Each of the five quilts on display at MSUM features one panel created to honor individuals from the Fargo-Moorhead area who lost their lives to AIDS.

The quilt was conceived in November of 1985 by San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones when he learned about the thousands of individuals who died of AIDS. Weighing an estimated 54 tons and made up of over 50,000 panels, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest piece of community folk art in the world.

Learn more about the quilt at aidsmemorial.org.

Upcoming Events

Quilt Panel Creation Day
Saturday, Nov. 6 | 1 to 5 p.m. | Livingston Lord Library porch, lobby, 1st & 2nd floors 
With the help of the Quilting Guild of North Dakota, MSUM students and community members will create new panels for the National AIDS Memorial Quilt. Each panel is customized in memory of a person who lost their life to AIDS.

World AIDS Day and Closing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Display 
Wednesday, Dec. 1 | 7 to 9 p.m. | Langseth Hall Room 104
On World AIDS Day, the newly created quilt panels will be displayed in Langseth Atrium. The closing event includes the screening of the documentary, Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS. This film tells the story of the women who were at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. These inspirational women played a vital role in HIV prevention and education and have spent over 30 years fighting for a cure.

These events are sponsored in partnership with the Red River Rainbow Seniors, the FM LGBTQ Alliance, and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County to support people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and remember those lost to the disease.