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New quilt exhibit opens in Perham

The latest in a series of quilt exhibits at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County features a quilt with a unique and somewhat mysterious history.

The quilt top includes 12 embroidered squares with the names of women, the date 1908, and the place, Butler, Minn. Four of the women -- Martha, Pamelia, Etna and Elsie -- were members of the Pierce family, the first settlers to homestead in Butler Township.

The other names include Myrtle, Edith, Margaret and Lottie Woods, Mrs. J.L. Kimball, Mrs. George Kimball, Maude Rader and Anna Hendrickson.

The quilt blocks are all done in what was called redwork, a hugely popular style in the last years of the 1890s and in the first part of the 1900s. The designs on the blocks are popular patterns and motifs that were readily available in the ladies magazines of the day and include many symbols of good luck.

The History Museum is located at 230 First Avenue North, Perham and open Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-4.

Admission is free. For more information call 218-346-7676 or visit