November 27, 2014

Contest-winning quilt on display at Homestead Monument

A detailed and colorful quilt that was part of a statewide contest is now on display at the

Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice.

The winning design was created by Jan Stehlik of Dorchester, a retired teacher and history buff. As many as 20 women from the Homestead Quilt Club and the Nebraska State Quilt Guild worked on the quilt.

The Guild’s Susan Weber says the squares aim to represent the homesteading experience.

Items from prairie life depicted in the quilt blocks include: flying geese, the guiding star, a wind mill, a wild rose, the goldenrod, corn plants, a sod house and a plow breaking the sod.

The Homestead Quilting Club met at the monument in March to piece together the design and the finished product is now prominent at the facility.

“It will hang on permanent display here at the Homestead Monument,” Weber says. “It has about three public viewings after the big celebration,” with showings across Nebraska in July, August and October.

The quilt is entitled, “Images of Homesteading,” and it was produced to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing by President Abraham Lincoln of the Homestead Act of 1862.

The actual document is also on display at the monument throughout May.

By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice