Origins and History


A meeting of 23 weavers on March 5, 1988 in St. Louis became the foundation of what has now become the statewide Missouri Basketweavers Guild. On December 1, 1988 steps were taken to organize a Missouri Basketweavers Guild in St. Louis. An official guild meeting was held March 5, 1989 and in December 1989 the following officers were elected.

The transition to a statewide guild and convention began with the vision coming to fulfillment in late 1990. Laury Kramer, Paula Gulley, Pat Moritz and other members of the St. Louis Missouri Basketweavers Guild were instrumental in joining forces with Ann Clark, Paula Harrison, and Sandy McCormick from the Kansas City area. In December 1990, an important decision was made by the St. Louis guild to create a statewide guild and local chapters to form in affiliation. Other weavers wanting to establish chapters were invited to join. The St. Louis guild became known as the Eastern Chapter (later Gateway Weavers Guild). Woven Circle Guild in the Kansas City Area was formed with 13 original members. These chapters became an affiliate of the Missouri Basketweavers state guild.

The statewide meeting in Hannibal June 1-2, 1991 became the first official statewide guild convention and meeting. Frances Wight of Somerset, Iowa taught a pineneedle basket to those in attendance and state elections were held. The following officers were elected:

Presidents:

1989-1990

Bonnie Schreckengast

1991-1992

Anne Clark

1993-1994

Sandy McCormick

1995-1996

Pat Moritz

1997-1998

Pat Walden

1999-2000

Sue Chatfield

2000-2001

Carol Matteson
Jan Coonce

2002-2004

Mary Ann Allen

2004 -2008

Doris Hynes

2008-2013

Mona Hartzler

2013 -

Beverly McKenna

 

Conventions and Chair(s):

June 1-2 1991

1st State Meeting & Classes
Hannibal, MO
 

June 13-14, 1992

MO Basket Sampler
Holiday Inn
Kansas City, MO
Pat Moritz
Vickie Leftwich

June 11-13, 1993

MO Basket Sampler
Henry the VIII
St. Louis, MO
Anne Clark
Vickie Leftwich

June 10-12,1994

MO Basket Sampler
American Hotel
Kansas City, MO
Valerie Bland

June 9-11, 1995

MO Basket Sampler
Henry the VIII
St. Louis, MO
Pat Moritz

June 7-9, 1996

MO Basket Sampler
Benjamin Ranch Ramada Inn
Kansas City, MO
Sue Chatfield

June 6-8, 1997

Sharing a Woven Heritage
Benjamin Ranch Ramada Inn
Kansas City, MO
Sue Chatfield

June 12-14, 1998

Woven in Heartland
Henry the VIII
St. Louis, MO
Wendy Reary
Carol Matteson

June 4-6, 1999

Handwoven in the Heartland
Park Place Hotel
Kansas City, MO
Doris Hynes
Susan Ratliff

June 2-4, 2000

Preserving the Past
Regal Riverfront Hotel
St. Louis, MO
Carol Matteson

June 7-9, 2002

Woven Together –
Heritage, Community, Artistry
Regal Riverfront Hotel
St. Louis, MO
Shirley Albrecht

August 1-3, 2003

A Woven Heritage
Park Place Hotel
Kansas City, MO
Marilyn Margrave
Mona Hartzler

August 5-7, 2004

Expanding Horizons
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Doris Hynes
Susan Ratliff

August 4-7, 2005

Show Me Weaving 2005
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Doris Hynes
Susan Ratliff

August 3-6, 2006

Show Me Weaving 2006
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Marilyn Margrave
Mona Hartzler

August 2-5, 2007

Gateway Gathering
Holiday Inn –
Southwest Viking Conference Center
St. Louis, MO
Sharon Plumpe
Lynn Touchette

August 7-10, 2008

Weave Me in St. Louis
Holiday Inn –
Southwest Viking Conference Center
St. Louis, MO
Martha Kay Larsen
Leanne Nielsen

August 6-9, 2009

Show Me Weaving
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Doris Hynes
Susan Ratliff

August 5-8, 2010

Weaving MO Madness
Holiday Inn –
Southwest Viking Conference Center
St. Louis, MO
Leanne Nielsen
Beverly McKenna
Pat White

August 4-7, 2011

Weaving Traditions
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Deanna Waddell

August 2-5, 2012

Weaving Friendships
St. Louis Marriott West
St. Louis, MO
Susan Brandon
Sandy Hertel

August 1-4, 2013

Missouri Parade of Baskets
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Mary Ann Allen
Deanna Waddell

July 31-August 3, 2014

Fantastic Baskets
St. Louis Marriott West
St. Louis, MO
Susan Brandon
Sandy Hertel

July 30-August 2, 2015

Carnival of Baskets
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Mary Ann Allen
Carmella Mongold