After being hidden away for a couple years, new life has been given to a tapestry honoring Lebanon’s history.
During a meeting of the Lebanon City Council Tuesday, the bicentennial tapestry that was commissioned by the city and created in 1976 by a local sewing group, the Golden Thimble Club, was rededicated at City Hall.
The tapestry had hung in the previous City Hall facility for more than 30 years, but was taken down for renovations to the building and nearly forgotten.
Thanks to the efforts of one of the women whose needlework helped to make the tapestry, it is now hanging in the lobby of the council chambers.
Prior to the unveiling, Lebanon Mayor Lyle Anderson said Juanita Brand approached the city about a year ago to have the tapestry displayed once again.
“The city administrator (Chris Heard) heard her plea and started moving in that direction,” Anderson said. “So tonight, we are going to rededicate that tapestry.”
Brand, who was given the honor of unveiling the tapestry in its newly constructed case, said she had to have a “sewing test” before she could join in on the project.
“I don’t know how I got into it, but I thought it was going to be so beautiful, and I thought it sounded like fun,” Brand said to those who gathered for the ceremony, including six other ladies who also worked on the project. “They tested me to see if I was able to do needle point.”
The tapestry includes scenes from the old Laclede County Courthouse, the city seal, the Adams Building, the Gasconade Hotel, the old street car that once moved through Lebanon, the former City Hall building, as well as a block that depicts the settlement of Lebanon — complete with a covered wagon and an Native American from the Wyota tribe.
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