Quilts are not just a means of keeping warm on a winter's night.
A quilt can be a piece of art, intricate and colorful.
And, a quilt can be an artifact that tells the tale of the time in which it was created -- and the people it was created for.
In a celebration of all a quilt's uses, the Parker Historical Society will be hosting an exhibition of quilts this November.
The society will be showcasing quilts that tell a story. And they are seeking the public's help in unearthing vintage quilts with unique stories or designs.
"We are looking for quilts with history," said Cindy McGranahan, executive director of the Parker Historical Society.
Area residents are asked to submit a photo of quilts they would like considered for the show. This is a "juried" event, which means a team will select approximately two dozen quilts to be displayed at the Clay County Heritage Center for the exhibition, from submitted photos.
The museum is seeking quilts more than 50 years old.
"We will be looking for interesting stories, high quality workmanship, and condition of the quilts," said McGranahan. "The quilt itself doesn't have to be particularly intricate, if the story is compelling."
The exhibit will run from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2 at the heritage center. A special desert luncheon and program is planned for Saturday, Nov. 24. "People's Choice" prizes in various categories are planned. More details on the exhibit will be released at a later date.
Quilts accepted into the exhibit must be available to museum staff by Nov. 13 to prepare the exhibition. They would be released on Dec. 4.
Those interested in submitting a quilt into the exhibit should send photos of the quilt, including a photo of the entire design and one with close-up detail, along with a note explaining the history and background of the quilt or its design to McGranahan at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail at: Parker Historical Society, PO Box 91, Spencer, Iowa 51301.
Submissions must be made by October 12 for consideration.
McGranahan said the museum is also seeking volunteers to assist with the exhibition.
For more information, contact the museum at 262-3304.