Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell A Story
EXTENDED through August 2017
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 learn about the artistic, cultural, historic, and social importance of the quilts. They learn about 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.
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.