Quilt with a patriotic theme made in 1976, the Bicentennial year, by students at Folsom High School. The blocks were designed by Dave connor's art class and embroidered by Miss Sarah Munn's ninth and tenth grade students in Home Economics. It is made of blocks varying in size from 11" to 13". The blocks were set together, padded, backed and tied with heavy yarn. After it was received by the museum, it was disassembled, the blocks were evened, and the original red sashing between blocks was replaced by a muted blue-grey calico print.
The thought behind most of the blocks is self-evident. Some, however, need an explanation.
During the Bicentennial, Folsom,'s sister city in the East was Point Marion, PA. Cultural exchanges were made between the two cities.
"Time in a Bottle" refers to the title of a very popular song in the 1970's written by Jim Croce. The student design for this square interpreted using an hourglass in which a grain of sand symbolizing the passing of 200 years falls down to meet other sand grains forming the ghostly 1776.
Another block celebrates the "Freedom Train" which the U.S.Government toured during the Bicentennial to allow people to visit and view documents and artifacts from the Revolutionary Era.
The bearded gentleman in the block near the bottom is Ulysses S. Grant who was U.S. President in 1876.
Lisa M. Hall's block depicts Francis Scott Keye's witnessing of the British bombardment of Ft. McHenry and subsequent inspiration to pen the words of "The Star Spangled Banner."
|Dimensions||W-72 L-83 inches|
Mr. Wray Barrow who donated this quilt was a history teacher at Folsom High School in 1976 and chairman of the activities to celebrate the special year.
See also images which show a listing of the students who participated in making the quilt.