February 2 @ 1:00 pm - April 29 @ 5:00 pm
The Polk County Historical Society invites you to see their current display of historic quilts. The quilts are arranged on the bannisters of the upper floor of the museum and create a ring of beauty. When you are on the upper floor you can read about each quilt. This is the first time we have displayed almost all the quilts at one time.
You may wonder why quilts are given to museums. Many of them are “signature” or “friendship” quilts, which have names on them. The names are of relatives, friends, members of organizations, or well-wishers. Names are a big part of history, especially in a Museum. You may even find your name here!
Quilts have personalities. Part of the personality is it’s repetitive pattern like “hole in the barn door”, “log cabin”, “sun bonnet’, “9-PATCH”, “crazy quilt”, “wagon wheel”, “double wedding ring”, “Dresden plate”, or “basket”. This year, the ”Presidents” quilt has gotten a lot of attention.
Have you wondered how quilts have been used over the years? To keep warm of course, but they were also works of art, gifts, presentations of honor, a way to pass on family history and, sadly, to serve as burial shrouds. They are truly one of the early recycling efforts!
We do have some lovely quilts and we don’t want you to miss them. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 1-5PM.. The quilt display will close at the end of April.