Missouri Bicentennial Quilt


The Benton County Museum and Historical Society was honored to have the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt displayed at our museum from Tuesday, December 7, 2021, through Sunday, December 12, 2021.

The quilt was pieced with blocks from each county in the state of Missouri and are arranged in their approximate location within the state. Hundreds of quilters submitted their pattern indicative to their county and then a state committee chose one for each county. Benton County was represented with popular local quilter Valorie Fauquier's self-designated block of the Joe Dice Upper Swinging Bridge which spans the Osage River in Warsaw. Displayed along with the Bicentennial Quilt were many other beautiful quilts made and/or owned by Benton County residents.

Admission was free for this event and many people of all ages attended and strolled through the whole museum while there. Visitors were also treated to a "sneak peak" of some of the items to be featured in the Christmas From Long Ago exhibit coming in 2022.We had so many nice comments from visitors and enjoyed visiting with those who were repeat visitors AND people who had never visited the museum before!

The Benton County Historical Society Annual Benefit Banquet for the Museum has been postponed until April of 2022. 

The winner of the quilt raffle was Marilyn Henry of Clinton, Missouri.