Bicentennial Quilt Display

12/17/2020 to 12/20/2020 | First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site | St. Charles, MO

Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion and tradition. In honor of our great state’s 200th year anniversary, the State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Co., in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild, teamed up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. Using one quilt block for each Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, the project features the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style.

The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt will travel across the state between 2020 and 2021. The quilt will stop in St. Charles at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. The exhibition will be open to the public from Dec. 17-20.

The free exhibition will be available for viewing during the following hours:

  • Thursday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Friday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 20, noon to 4 p.m.

A digital exhibition is also available for viewing online, at

The St. Charles County block was designed by Janet Foss. Foss writes, “Our county is the meeting place of the two longest rivers in North America, the Missouri and the Mississippi. The confluence of these great rivers places our county at the very crossroads of our nation and our continent. Together the rivers form the major portion of our county’s boundary."

Quilt block submissions were accepted from Oct. 8, 2018, through Sept. 2, 2019. Multiple submissions from the same county were judged according to the level of creativity and craft and description of significance. The judging committee included representatives from Missouri Star Quilt Co., the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Missouri State Quilters Guild. Over the winter of 2019-2020, Missouri Star Quilt Co. stitched the blocks together and gave the quilt its final look.

As the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt travels statewide, Missourians will have an opportunity to learn about the rich geographic and cultural diversity of the state.

The State Historical Society of Missouri is the premier research center for the study of Missouri state and local history. Under the Missouri 2021 banner, SHSMO is coordinating a bicentennial commemoration in collaboration of local and statewide entities. The mission of Missouri 2021 is to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities and people, both past and present.

For more information about this event, please call First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site at 636-940-3322.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is located at:

200 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO | 636-940-3322