"Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story" exhibit extended through August 2017

"Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story" exhibit extended through August

Posted:  7-25-2016

“Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story” has been extended and will be on view through August at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. Click Here For The Exhibit Home Page

This exhibit shows that there’s much, much more to a quilt than merely the utilitarian purpose of keeping people warm. Quilts are used to decorate homes, as gifts to celebrate a person or event, and to remember a loved one. These historic quilts tell stories about their makers, and often are all that remain of these talented, self-sufficient women.

Visitors can learn about the artistic, cultural, historic, and social importance of the quilts; the women who made them; and how lifestyle, current events, and society affected fabric and pattern choices. Through the quilts and their stories, a picture emerges of the important contributions made by women at a time when their opportunities remained limited.

For example, a quilt composed of small fabric hexagons, made by a Mosinee woman in the early 20th century, challenges viewers to find two pieces alike. A 1940s quilt made by Methodist Church women in Brokaw was raffled off as a fundraiser.

There is no admission fee to visit the exhibit anytime during business hours, although donations are welcome. The Woodson History Center is open 9 am to 4:30 pm Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1 pm to 4:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays; closed Mondays and holidays.

Support for this exhibit was provided through the Community Arts Grant Program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency; the Community Foundation; and the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation. For more information, please call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.