Harriet Portner Halbig
Harriet’s early life was divided between Seattle, where she lived until age 12, and Arlington, Virginia, where she graduated from Yorktown High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Kalamazoo College and three years of graduate work at George Washington University in art history and museum practice, including internships at the Corcoran Gallery and the historic Octagon House, where James and Dolly Madison lived after the White House burned.
She worked for the American Institute of Architects for seven years, where she ran the press room at three national conventions.
Following the birth of her daughter, she founded a small business, Pumpkin Seed Quilts, named after an Amish quilting design. She taught quilting through Arlington County adult education and at several shops and made and sold quilt-related crafts through a local guild and at shops throughout the area.
Harriet’s family moved to the Tri-Lakes area in 1991, when her husband and hundreds of others were transferred here by MCI.
Her interests include quilting, reading, gardening, and journalism. She attended a citizen journalist conference in Denver several years ago and contributes to a local newspaper.
Harriet is currently employed by the Monument Library, where she continues to teach the occasional quilting class and gets her fill of exposure to books and the people who thrive on them.
She is now starting a series for TLTalks entitled Community Builders, about the various groups in the area who make this such a great place to live.