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Accession Number: 1997.92.0

Physical Description: Unfinished crazy quilt top. Numerous fabric types cut into various shapes and stitched together. Stitched in red on black rectangular block at the upper left is a group of names. Stitches in red and yellow on a rectangular white block near the lower left center. Stitches in blue on a rectangular white block near the lower left corner. Stitches in yellow on a gray rectangular block near the center. A blue silk ribbon badge with black print at the lower left corner. A white swallow-tail silk ribbon badge with black print and handwritten script near the upper right. A nearly identical ribbon near the right center. A blue silk ribbon badge with gold print at the lower right corner. No backing or binding; cotton foundation fabric and stitches are visible on reverse. Machine-stitched and hand-embroidered.

History of Object: According to a letter from the donor, the quilt was made by the donor's mother Henrietta Elizabeth Means Wilson, before her marriage to the donor's father, Oren V. Henderson, on July 17, 1901 at Atwood, Kansas. Henrietta was an elementary school teacher and Oren served as Superintendent of Schools for Rawlins County, hence the quilt incorporates ribbons for the Northwestern Kansas Teachers Association. The Henderson family left Kansas around 1915 when Oren began working at the New Hampshire College of Agriculture. There is a New Hampshire ribbon dated 1948 stitched to one corner; this appears to have been added later because most other fabrics are turn of the 20th century.

Date: Between 1899 and 1900

Dimensions (in cm): 179.50 (H) 131.00 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [stitched in red] Virgil / Mildred / Jeanette / Julia / Julius / Ruth / Ralph / Earl. [stitched in red and yellow] Foster Means June 1890. [stitched in blue] Philo '99. [stitched in yellow] July 25, 1900. [black print on blue badge] Souvenir / ATWOOD LODGE / NO. 164 / A.F. & A.M. / ATWOOD, KANSAS / Double Raising / APRIL 4, 1900 / A.L. 5900. [black print and handwriting on white badge] N.W.K.T.A. / 1899. / Colby, Kansas / Rawlins / COUNTY / Retta Wilson / MEMBER. [print on identical ribbon] N.W.K.T.A. / 1899. / Colby, Kansas / Rawlins / COUNTY. / J.V. Henderson / MEMBER. [gold print on blue ribbon] REPUBLICAN / N.H. / STATE / CONVENTION / DELEGATE / 1948.||

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Business / Organization: Fraternal organizations
    Origin, Place of: Rawlins County (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Atwood (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Colby (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: McDonald (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Freemasons
    Use, Place of: New Hampshire
    Business / Organization: Republican Party (Kan.)
    Individual: Means, Foster
    Individual: Wilson, Retta
    Individual: Henderson, Henrietta Elizabeth Means Wilson, b.1880
    Individual: Henderson, Oren V.
    Business / Organization: Northwestern Kansas Teachers Association

Creators and Contributors

    Wilson, Henrietta Elizabeth (Means)

Status: Cataloged

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