Remembering: Quilts of Patriotism & Quilts of Valor
On Display September 10th-November 11th
Don’t miss this very special exhibit displaying quilts that have a patriotic theme or are made from the patriotic colors of Red, White and Blue! By entitling the exhibit, Remembering: Quilts of Patriotism & Quilts of Valor our goal is to remember and honor the brave men and women who have served our country by filling our gallery with amazing patriotic quilts. This exhibit contains two displays in one exhibit. The Quilts of Patriotism display has 29 personal patriotic quilts loaned for the exhibit. The Quilts of Valor section displays approximately 33 patriotic quilts. All of these will be donated into the Quilts of Valor® Foundation at the close of the exhibit.
The Quilts of Valor® Foundation (QOVF) is a national organization founded in 2003 by “Blue Star” mom Catherine Roberts. With a son deployed in Iraq-a “Gunner” sitting atop a Humvee-she felt “ten seconds away from panic” twenty-four hours a day. One night she dreamed of a post-deployment warrior struggling with his war demons at two o’clock in the morning. She saw him sitting on the side of his bed, wrapped in a quilt. The quilt comforted him and fended off the “war demons” that troubled him. From this vision, Quilts of Valor® Foundation began. Since then, over 166,000 Quilts of Valor have been awarded here in the United States, and in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. Their mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor®. These quilts are honoring our veterans and are a tangible reminder of America’s appreciation and gratitude for their service to our country.
Quilts of Valor® is a grassroots group of quilters from all across the U.S. Thousands of quilters work daily to create quilts to cover warriors from all conflicts, including WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A Quilt of Valor® quilt is a lifetime award to say “thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor” in serving our nation. These exceptional quilts are meant to be lifelong heirlooms and are all created by area quilt makers who have come together to stitch with love, prayers and patriotism to show our appreciation to our area heroes. Visit the Quilts of Valor® website here.
We have a very special event coinciding with this exhibit! On Sunday, November 12th at 2:00PM, ten of the Quilts of Valor® that are on display will be presented to area military service veterans at an Awards Presentation Ceremony & Reception. We would like to encourage everyone to come to the presentation ceremony to watch these quilts be presented to 10 area veterans and witness how much they appreciate and cherish the quilts. Please come to this amazing event and share with these veterans how much you thank them for their service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation.
As an interesting addition to this exhibit, we are featuring “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art and Politics”, a nine-part documentary DVD series that explores what some say is the largest mass movement people don’t know exists – more that 21million quilters are currently active in the U.S. The documentary reveals the influence quilts have today, a four billion dollar economic impact annually, and talks about the important role quilts have played over the last two centuries, when quilting was one of the few ways women could convey political views, record their personal stories and express their artistic sides. Please plan to make this an integral part of your experience when you come to see this amazing exhibit!
We have so many creative, wonderful, and talented quilt makers in western Kansas who have stitched these 50+ patriotic quilts with love and care. Make plans now to attend this amazing once-in-a-lifetime multi-generational exhibit to see these Quilts of Patriotism & Quilts of Valor.
We are expecting many groups for this exhibit, so please call in advance to schedule groups of 5 or more. Tours/groups welcome by appointment, call 620.846.2527 for information or to set up a tour. Museum hours are: Tue-Sat 9-12 & 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this outstanding, once-in-a-lifetime exhibit!