Expo center named to honor AQS founders

Bill and Meredith Schroeder founded the American Quilter’s Society and brought the show to Paducah in 1985. The expo center next to the Julian Carroll Convention Center will now be the Bill and Meredith Schroeder Expo Center.

It took 31 years of hard work and a love of quilting leading to Thursday’s ceremony marking the change.

Bill and Meredith say it’s mostly been a lot of fun. “I just say it’s a great time to have a quilt show. I don’t think about that we’re the least bit responsible. It takes everybody. It’s not just two people,” Meredith said.

Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler says she made the decision to name it the Bill and Meredith Schroeder Expo Center because, without the quilt show, that they brought here, the center might not exist. “This was built for that wonderful event that we have here in Paducah," Kaler said. "It put us on the map.” She tells me the decision came after the announcement of a second quilt show.

The Schroeders are excited to have a building named after them, but they want their legacy to extend beyond the convention center “I just hope Paducah will continue to grow as an art center,” Bill said.

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