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Wisconsin Quilt History Project

The Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization led by a Board of Directors who have been drawn from volunteers across the state. This group was formed in 1988 to record quilt making in Wisconsin from 1800 to 1950. The project is dedicated to studying the artistic, cultural, and social importance of quilt and the encouraging the proper care and preservation of quilts.

Quilts represent one of the last American fork art forms which are often still owned by the families of the makers. One of the major goals of the Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Inc. has been to photograph these fragile objects and to record their histories while the stores are still remembered.

By recording surviving quilts, we hope to preserve an important aspect of Wisconsin's heritage for future generations.

Wqhpbullet2.gif - 0.3 K Research and Education: Quilt History Day were held across the state from 1988 through 1996 to record and photograph pre-1950 quilts. To date, nearly 7000 quilts have been documented. This information is now being entered into a computer database so it can be made available for use by quilt researchers and scholars.
Wqhpbullet2.gif - 0.3 K Book Publication: A committee has researched and written a book that presents an overview of quilt making in Wisconsin, integrating that information with Wisconsin's unique history and feature a selection of outstanding quilts discovered during the Quilt History Days.
Wqhpbullet2.gif - 0.3 K Exhibition: Three museum exhibits are being planned to highlight quilts discovered during the project's Quilt History Days. These exhibits are scheduled to open in the fall of 1998 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Wisconsin's statehood.
Wqhpbullet2.gif - 0.3 K Quilt Stories: We are pleased to be able to bring you some of the wonderful quilt stories we have found during our research. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Wqhpbullet2.gif - 0.3 K Museum: In the summer of 2001, the Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Inc, realized a dream. An 1850's farm in as been purchased in Cedarburg, WI. This unique property will be the home of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

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