Vintage quilts stitched by local artisans on display at museum

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A quilt display entitled “A Cozy Cover-up: A Look at LaPorte County Quilts” is on display through August at the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum. The featured quilts can be found on all levels of the museum.

Featured in the display are friendship quilts, including one made by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church of LaPorte from 1878. A Centennial quilt from 1876 is also on display.

In Exhibit Hall on the lower level, the works of prominent quilter Ruth Johnson are featured. Ruth, who passed away in 2004, was the leader of two quilting groups for 25 years each: the group at the Swanson Activity Center and at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Also featured is the quilt made of the Boy Scout badges, kerchiefs and patches of the late Dan Bolinger, recently donated to the museum by his estate. It is hanging in the Boy Scout display on the lower level of the museum.

Thanks to Larry Wade for making the quilt racks used in the exhibit.

The LaPorte County Historical Society Museum is located at 2405 Indiana Ave., LaPorte. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4:30. For more information, call 219-324-6767 and visit or the society’s Facebook page. The facility is accessible to those with disabilities.

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