Creativity, honor to be displayed on bicentennial Missouri quilt

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt will be on display at the Barry County Museum from July 9 to July 25. According to the press release from The State Historical Society of Missouri, the Barry County block was created by Vickie Beth Clancy, a member of the Ozark Country Quilters. Contributed photo

Quilt to portray the 114 counties in the Show Me state

Each county in the state of Missouri has a handful of things to be proud of that show what kind of community it is.

In Barry County, one of those things is Roaring River State Park, where a lifetime of traditions and memories have been formed.

According to a press release from The State Historical Society of Missouri, since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion and tradition.

So, how better to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Show Me state?

The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Company, in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild, teamed up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. Using one quilt block to represent each Missouri county and the independent city of St. Louis, the project features the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style.

Kathy White, director of the Barry County Museum said the quilt will be traveling all across the state throughout 2020 and 2021.

“It will be in the Barry County Museum from July 9 to July 25,” she said. “Additionally, our very own, very talented Vickie Clancy made the block that will represent Barry County. It shows Roaring River State Park and a trout in the middle of it.”

The press release continued to say, quilt block submissions were accepted from Oct. 8, 2018, through Sept. 2, 2019. Multiple submissions from the same county were judged according to the level of creativity and craft and description of significance.

According to Kathy White, there was just the one quilt block, made by Vickie Clancy, that was submitted for Barry County.

Over the winter of 2019-2020, Missouri Star Quilt Company stitched the blocks together and gave the Quilt its final look.

The quilt gives residents of Missouri the ability to see the many different cultures, geographical areas and communities across the state of Missouri.

According to the press release, under the Missouri 2021 banner, the Society is coordinating a bicentennial commemoration in collaboration with local and statewide entities. The mission of Missouri 2021 is to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities and people, both past and present.

Admission into the Barry County Museum is free, so there will be no charge to see the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt on display. The Barry County quilt block is the second from the left on the last row.

For more information, people may visit https://missouri2021.org/bicentennial-quilt/.

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