We’re eleven days into our Quilts of Valor exhibit and already we’ve welcomed a host of visitors to this All-American display of over two dozen patriotic quilts. Twenty-seven quilts to be precise; and all were created by members of the Quilts of Valor Foundation for the express purpose of being awarded to a veteran. (You can learn more about the mission and work of the Quilts of Valor Foundation here.) This exhibit will only be with us for ten weeks so don’t delay making plans to come see this impressive collection.
In conjunction with this exhibit, we have several exciting opportunities planned…
On Memorial Day, thirteen quilts will be awarded to local veterans at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Winterset Cemetery. Our thanks to Jeri & Rod Beem for handling the logistics for these awards.
On Saturday, June 3rd, we will celebrate the museum’s one year anniversary with a Military “Fashion Show”. A selection of military uniforms from the State Historical Museum of Iowa will be displayed and curator Leo Landis will be on hand for a presentation about these historical artifacts. Winterset resident and owner of White Lions Bed & Breakfast, Kayla Hawkins, will supply delicious refreshments for this event and Covered Bridges Winery will be on hand to serve their native wines. There is no admission charge and a free-will donation will be taken to support the mission and the continued work of the Iowa Quilt Museum. An RSVP for this event is greatly appreciated. Contact museum director Megan Barrett: firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-462-5988
And on Sunday, July 9th, the exhibit will close with an award ceremony here at the Iowa Quilt Museum in which all of the displayed quilts will come off the walls and be awarded to their recipients. That ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm, is open to the public, and there is no admission charge. Refreshments will be served at this event as well.
We may even have a few more plans up our sleeves so stay tuned!
WAYLAND AND RENA DAVIS
My husband & I just happened to visit Winterset this past weekend and was truly impressed with the Airing of the Quilts program. “Very well done”– to all that were involved in making this program possible. Also wanted to thank all those that made it possible for me to view the beautiful quilts in the courthouse. Since I have COPD and not able to walk long distances I had to use a wheelchair ; everyone was very welling to help with the, opening of the handicap ramp and made the courthouse elevator accessible. We soooo enjoyed the exhibit–and we will be back to visit, soon!
Wayland and Rena, we’re so happy you could join us at the Airing of Quilts!