Missouri’s Bicentennial Quilt Comes to Northland | Community life
The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt arrives in Northland from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 at the Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum at 220 Ferrel St., Platte City. The quilt toured the state as part of the state’s bicentennial.
Quilters from or associated with counties across the state created blocks used. The blocks chosen for inclusion were judged not only on a description of their importance and whether they met the criteria, but also on their level of creativity and craftsmanship, a statement said.
“We knew we wanted to do something really statewide that would reach every county in some way, even minimally,” said Michael Sweeney, Missouri Bicentennial Coordinator with the State Historical Society of Missouri. “A lot of these blocks are expressions of place and an opportunity to see them together and bring them into conversation was something we were looking for. “
Audrey Lammers of Liberty created the Clay County quilt block in a log cabin motif signifying the birthplace and home of Jesse James, where she volunteers as a historical performer. The quilt block features the names of each town in Clay County with additional embroidery referencing industry and agriculture.
Lammer explained that one side of the quilt block is red, white and blue and the other side is red, white and black symbolizing divided loyalties in the county during the Civil War. The Platte County Quilt Block represents the county through images including a log cabin and tobacco field, MCI Airport, and the Kansas City skyline.
Block creator Sharon Alice Sumner of Kansas City-North found inspiration in a historic double-sided cabin with a central walkway that was built in Platte County in the late 1830s and restored to a only hut. It is kept as the “Carpenter Shop / Bank 1830s” at the Shoal Creek Living History Museum inside Hodge Park in Kansas City.
In addition to the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt, the Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum features an exhibit of mini quilts honoring Missourians on loan from the Northland Needlers Quilt Guild. You can find more information about the two screens online at pchs1882.org or by calling the museum at 431-5121.