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Senior Museum
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Museum Collections Department Contacts, 31 Dec 2014 [cached]
Laura Mooney Senior Museum Curator 402-471-4780
How to Donate to Museum Collections, 28 Oct 2011 [cached]
Laura Mooney Senior Museum Curator 402-471-4780
Recent Acquisitions by Museum Collections, 6 July 2010 [cached]
If you have any information that may be of assistance to us in tracking down the history of these two quilts, please contact Senior Museum Curator Laura Mooney at
Laura Mooney, senior museum ..., 27 Oct 2012 [cached]
Laura Mooney, senior museum curator, came up with the Quilting for a Cause theme after studying the state's vast collection of quilts and learning the stories behind them.
The first fundraising quilts appeared in the 1830s at sanitary fairs - which raised money to improve sanitary conditions, especially for soldiers who often fell ill or died from dysentery and typhoid.
The fundraising quilts probably were a natural progression from other items women made and sold at the fair, Mooney said.
The museum exhibit features a Civil War quilt thought to have been sold at a Union sanitary fair in St. Louis. At the center of the quilt is a signature of General Ulysses S. Grant, adjacent to a photograph of his young daughter Nellie, who is said to have presided over the booth at the fair.
The practice of signing names to quilts began about 1840, Mooney said.
Autograph collecting was very popular in the early 1800s, Mooney said.
The church's Ladies Aid Society gave the quilt to its minister, rather than auction or raffle it off, Mooney said.
The majority of the fundraising quilts on exhibit are signature quilts, including a stunning flag quilt created by the Women in the Grand Island G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic).
A quilt from Monowi features 238 names - although the small Nebraska town had only 123 people living there in 1930. They must have solicited names from outside the town, Mooney said.
Lincoln Highway radiator emblem | Lincoln Highway Association, 15 Nov 2011 [cached]
A Lincoln Highway Radiator Emblem, Laura Mooney, Nebraska State Historical Society, November 2, 2011
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