Patterns, stories woven through history

Quilts from past displayed at City Hall


March 9, 2022

Scott Swanson

Nadine Jackson checks out a quilt made from upholstery material. The back is velvet.

Ever hear of the Chinquapin Ladies Quilt Club? 

If you haven't, you're not alone. Local historians at the East Linn Museum, some of whom have lived in the area for eight or more decades, hadn't either when Jeanne Ann Cosgrove Brown donated a quilt made by that group to the museum. 

"The chinquapin is a tree that grew in the Quartzville area," said museum volunteer Glenda Hopkins, who decided to conduct some research when she realized she didn't know what it was. 

Museum volunteers discovered that the Chinquapin Quilt Club consisted of women in the early- to mid-1900s in the Roberts area,...

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