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Joanna Herndon and Marsha Harward label quilts before the show
Joanna Herndon and Marsha Harward label quilts before the show Photo courtesy Springfield Museum of Art

Annual Quilt Show at the Springville Museum

Since 1973, this exhibit has been held in June of each year at the Springville Museum to showcase locally made quilts. Quilting has been a part of Utah history and culture since the Mormon pioneers settled in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, and the art has been passed down from mother to daughter, friend to neighbor since that time. The show, appropriately held at an art museum, demonstrates the creativity and meticulous work of those creating these family heirlooms. The artistic designs, comprising elements such as pattern, arrangement, color choice, size, style, and type of fabric, and the storytelling motifs used in the quilts reflect local history and culture.

The project is documented with a report on the history and cultural context of the exhibit, details of show, 30 color slides, a sound recording of Museum officials, quilters, and show visitors, and programs and newspaper coverage of the event.

Originally submitted by: Chris Cannon, Representative (3rd District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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