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Wisconsin History Quilt, 1976

Gift of the Wisconsin History Quilters.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object # 1976.104.1

Wisconsin Stories

Many states and towns used the American Bicentennial as an opportunity to commemorate local history. Thirty members of the Wisconsin Quilters Guild created patchwork squares representing themes, events, and sites associated with Wisconsin, and put them together in a traditional album quilt symbolic of state history.

Top Row (from left)

State University Incorporated (1848)
Roberta Michelle Croan

First Territorial Capitol at Belmont (1836) and Present Capitol at Madison
Mary Meloy

Circus World Museum at Baraboo
Deedee Holst

Shipping on the Great Lakes
Deloris Linden

Republican Party Formed at Ripon (1854)
Sandra Zimmerman

Row Two (from left)

Fur trading at Fort La Baye (1700)
Judy Sokolow

Old Abe, Civil War Mascot of 8th regiment
Donna Unger

Jean Nicolet, First White Man to Reach Wisconsin (1634)
Midori Snyder

Beginning of Lumber Industry (1840)
Virginia Tiffany

Nation's First Statewide Bikeway (1966)
Diana Balio

Row Three (from left)

32nd Division, most decorated in the nation for all wars
Carol McKy

Nation's first kindergarten, Watertown (1856)
Roseann Lyons

State symbols muskie, badger, sugar maple, robin, violet
Karen Dosch

Early settlers
Kathy Burke

America's Dairyland
Janet Toner

Row Four (from left)

Sportsman's paradise
Patricia Friday

Frank Lloyd Wright, architect
Mary Colby

Statehood seal
Arlene Bradley

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Marian Opitz

Fugitive slave at Milton House, a station on the Underground Railroad
Pat Waldren

Row Five (from left)

Journey of Joliet and Marquette from Green Bay to Prairie du Chien (1673)
Arneita Halle

Origination of Flag Day, Ozaukee County
Lynn Lautz

Robert La Follette
Roselyn Wagner

Wade House, a stagecoach stop
Cheryl Hoyt

Mining industry
Sue Heilman

Bottom Row (from left)

Indians, the original residents
Glenda Denniston

Wisconsin as part of the Northwest Territory (1787)
Joan Reinholtz

Peshtigo fire (1871)
Wendie Richardson

Brewing industry
Mable Barton (Sue Thieben)

Recreation in Door County
Jane Miller