A new quilt and quilting supply exhibit can be found on the Heritage Center’s main floor.
The quilt was made by one of the Heritage Center’s volunteers, Susan Ann Stoehr, who passed away this past July. From her obituary: “Susan enjoyed sewing clothes for her children including prom dresses, formals, and many dance costumes… She was an active member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. Susan and her husband Dick founded several businesses including N Street Drive In and Dutton’s Den. Susan liked to travel and looked forward to trips to Germany, North Carolina, and the yearly Minnesota fishing trips.” Her daughters Nancy Basham and Laurie Tallman donated this quilt and several others, along with children’s clothing, family items and photos, and items related to the Salem Congregational Church (Lincoln, NE).
The design is based on the famous applique Sunbonnet Sue, which dates back to the 1870s in England. Sue, whose face is obscured by a bonnet, became popularized in the U.S., especially during the 1930s at the time of the Great Depression.
The other items on display include a sample quilt block, a metal quilting template, as well as Charlotte Dies’ quilt pattern book.
We are very thankful for Susan’s contributions to AHSGR, and to her daughters for their generous donation.