Women from Wahoo.

On this day in 1912, Tillie Olsen, Depression era author and social activist, was born to Russian immigrant parents in Wahoo, Nebraska. Olsen left her tenant farm life after completing the 11th grade and took on a series of working-class jobs. She moved to San Francisco in 1933, and lived there for the rest of her life, working on and writing about pro-labor causes and raising a family of four daughters with her husband Jack Olsen, a fellow protestor.

Kate Snyder Pickett of Wahoo, Nebraska hand pieced and tied this “Our Village Green” block quilt between 1876-1900. A relative of the quiltmaker documented the quilt in 1988 as part of the Iowa Quilt Research Project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/03/books/03olsen.html?_r=0


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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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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