Loose Threads

The Names Project's national foundation and its famous AIDS quilt are moving out of town this week, leaving behind a slightly tattered local chapter

The local chapter recently hired a part-time employee to facilitate displays and help the board search for a new home. "To be run by volunteers is just too much," says Thompson. "We all have full-time jobs."

Besides the added cost of any new lease, the cost of staging displays of the quilt will rise substantially when the group must begin paying to ship the quilt from Atlanta for displays in the Bay Area. Though Names Project chapters across the country have been paying to ship panels from the national archives for years, the Bay Area chapter has enjoyed the convenience of having the quilt available just minutes away by car. "I'm not going to be driving over there anymore with a pickup truck," says Henshel. "I'm going to let FedEx do that."

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