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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release October 2, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

State Historical Museum opens quilt exhibit Saturday

“Patchwork History: Quilts” on display through Nov. 29

(DES MOINES) – Nineteen historic quilts go on display in a new exhibit that opens Saturday at the State Historical Museum.

“Patchwork History: Quilts” will be open through Nov. 29, 2009, at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

“Nineteenth century American quilts are often considered to be the epitome of the seamstress’ aesthetic expression,” said Michael Smith, acting director and chief curator of the State Historical Museum. “Quilts included in this exhibit come from the Museum’s permanent collection and represent examples of that expression, displaying the best of Midwestern quilting in terms of fabric use, color scheme and technique.”

For many farmwives living in the rural Midwest from the 1850s to the 1920s, quilting helped create a world of order, cleanliness, integrity, beauty and community.

This tradition is continued by many quilters today in commemorating important community events and traditions.

“Patchwork History” coincides with the 2009 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show Oct. 28-31, 2009, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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