The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt has been a part of Kansas City’s deep history and celebrates KC heritage and celebration through a massive piece of art and craftsmanship.
The quilt includes 115 quilt blocks that represent each Missouri county as well as the city of Saint Louis and is a part of a larger project known as the bicentennial quilt project. The goal of the project is to celebrate Missouri history, while also encouraging local artists to become involved with the project.
“Quilts have told stories for centuries, and this one will live on to mark this moment for generations to come.” Missouri Star Quilt Co. Public Relations and Social Media Manager Mary Bonnette said.
The quilt has been on a tour through the entire state of Missouri and is making its last stop right in the heart of Kansas City.
As reported by the Bicentennial Quilt Project, “Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion, and tradition. In honor of our great state’s two-hundred-year anniversary, The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) and Missouri Star Quilt Company, in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild, teamed up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. With one quilt block to represent every Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt showcases the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style.”
The quilt will be on display at the SHSMO Kansas City Research Center, located in the Miller Nichols Library located on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, from August 2 to September 15, 2022. See the Bicentennial Quilt in Kansas City before it moves to its new home at the Missouri Quilt Museum, located in Hamilton, Mo. later this year.
Readers can find more information at Missouri2021.org/bicentennialquilt.