"Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilts," a presentation and discussion over historic Kansas quilts led by Deborah Divine will be hosted at the Independence Historical Museum & Art Center May 18 at 2 p.m. 

Divine is a researcher, instructor and quilting historian from Salina. The presentation will explore the unique art of quilting during the early 20th century, including the "unique collaborations that sparked the Emporia phenomenon."

Emporia, which housed innovated quilters such as Rose Kretsinger, Charlotte Whitehill and Hannah Haynes Headlee, was a central hub in Kansas producing and collaborating with quilts for art, storytelling and utilitarian purposes. "Today, their quilts are housed in art museums and revered internationally," stated a press release from Kansas Humanities, a nonprofit organization. 

"Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilts" is part of Humanities Kansas's Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spacer conversations that inform and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

All are invited to attend the free program, which was made possible by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit organization. 

For those who don't know, the Museum & Art Center is located at 123 N. 8th. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Museum & Art Center at 620-331-3515 for more information. 


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