Pieces of the Past

Pieces of the Past:  Quilts Tell A Story

EXTENDED through August 2017

This exhibit will show 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 will learn about the artistic, cultural, historic, and social importance of the quilts. They will 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 will emerge 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, will challenge viewers to find two pieces alike. A 1940s quilt made by Methodist Church women in Brokaw was raffled off as a fundraiser.

The second-floor exhibit hall will offer visitors the opportunity to peruse printed quilt patterns and create their own quilt designs using magnetic shapes, wood blocks, or crayons.

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.