Missouri 2021 Presents is a virtual program series that focuses on the programs and events happening in Missouri to commemorate the state’s 200th anniversary of statehood. Leading up to the Aug. 10, 2021 – anniversary day of statehood – Missouri 2021 invites the public to take part in live programming on Zoom the first Tuesdays at 11:00. Each month will feature a different subject with guests from the more than 100 local, regional, and statewide projects and events.

Missouri 2021 Presents: A Patchwork of Quilts Brings us Together for ‘21

April 6, 11 a.m.

The earliest evidence of quilt-making, discovered in a 5,000-year-old Egyptian temple, shows that humans have been stitching material together for clothing, bedding, wall hangings, table cloths and other uses since the dawn of civilization. The art of quilt patterns is seen throughout Missouri. You’ll find it on barns as a way to honor a family member. Maybe you have been handed down an heirloom of your grandmother’s hand-made quilt. Or, perhaps, you are a quilter, who created a beautiful quilt that was raffled off as a fundraiser for your church. The art of quilt-making is very much a patchwork of who we are and the talents we share. It is part of Missouri’s culture, fashion and tradition. To commemorate 200 years of statehood, a special Missouri Bicentennial Quilt has been created representing all of Missouri’s 114 counties and the City of St. Louis. As it travels across the state, the quilt is a showcase of the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style. Other specially-made quilts, created by Missouri 4-H, Missouri State Parks, and several counties, are on display in recognition of Missouri’s 200th birthday.

Sharing their insights on the art and culture of quilt-making and to talk about the special quilts created by Missourians for the bicentennial, we’ll be joined by Courtenay Hughes, In Town education manager at Missouri Star Quilt Company; Michael Sweeney, Missouri Bicentennial Coordinator, who has overseen the creation and exhibition of the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt; Elaine Campbell of the Community Betterment and Arts Council of Houston, who partnered with the Restorative Justice quilters to create the Texas County bicentennial quilt; Connie Weber, Naturalist-Resource Interpreter at Echo Bluff State Park and a co-creator of the Missouri State Park quilt;  and Joni Bramon, artist and physician, who has been creating barn quilts in places around the country with most of her work seen in Missouri.  

Missouri 2021 Presents is a live, monthly, virtual program on the bicentennial happenings this year. Registration is required for this program.


Online and free, registration required.

 Please click the image, below, to watch each recorded episode.

Missouri Bicentennial Overview

Legends, Lore and Stories of the Show Me State

The Missouri Crisis and the Struggle for Statehood

All About Art for the Bicentennial