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Quilts cover Oklahoma history


Kathryn Jenson White July 26th, 2007

Quilters of all ages will participate in the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild's "Centennial Celebration of Quilts 2007" Thursday through Saturday at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.   In th...

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Quilters of all ages will participate in the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild's "Centennial Celebration of Quilts 2007" Thursday through Saturday at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.
 
In the centennial year, quilt blocks with names like "Road to Oklahoma," "Oklahoma Twister," "Oklahoma Dogwood" and "Oil Fields of Oklahoma" are only the most obvious thread pictures of the story of the Sooner State. Thousands of quilts tell their stories more subtly.
 
"In all our displays, we like to pick an artifact that tells a story as much as it can without labels," said Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma History Center. "Our curators have found ways to use quilts to tell stories that fit in with our displays on military history or Indian history or political history. Museum people love quilts because of the stories they tell without a lot of words."
 
With about 120 quilts in the Oklahoma City venue and another 160 or more in sites around the state, the Oklahoma Historical Society has many textile tales from which to choose. Nine are on display in the OHC area called "Domestic History," but they go far beyond telling only household stories. Two were made by men. "Kathryn Jenson White
 
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