1st in Space, 1st to Walk, 1st in Orbit.

On This Day in History Quilt for April 9.

On this day in 1959, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduced the first U.S. astronauts to the press. The “Mercury Seven,” were all military test pilots chosen from an elite group of 32 candidates.


Marjorie Elrod of Winnsboro, Louisiana made this autograph quilt in 1976 to commemorate the American Bicentennial. Signatures include U.S. presidents, religious leaders, entertainers and “3 astronauts, 1st in Space, 1st to Walk, 1st in Orbit.” Elrod documented the quilt in 2002 as part of the Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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