QUILT HISTORY STORIES
Textile Department Winners
Susan Wildemuth, Atkinson, IL
I love the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois and we have been there many times thanks to our son’s 4-H efforts as a wee lad. On those trips each of us had a fair favorite – Keith loved the “arena” events (former FFA fellow here), Brian loved the conservation area with its activities and displays, I loved the craft and needle art exhibits - we all loved the music, animals, the food, the merchant hall, and spending time together as a family.
Illinois State Fair
As I write this, it is August and state fair time again in Illinois and that got me to thinking about the multitude of men and women, past and present, who entered their textile items in the fair. This is for them.
Textile Department Winners Index
1862 Peoria - Some Premiums were awarded, but the military took over the fairgrounds for training (Civil War)
1893 Columbian Exposition Chicago World's Fair
1942 thru 1945 U.S. Army used the Springfield Fairgrouns (World War II)
(Keep Checking Back this is a Work in Progress)
State of Illinois Quilt Square
Illinois State Fair Museum Contact:
Illinois State Fair Museum
P.O. Box 8718
Springfield, IL 62791
Web Site: http://www.statefairmuseum.org/
Thank you to Jane at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois for pointing me in a direction.