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Stitch in Time: Students Celebrate Campus History with Barn Quilt Project

Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
April 16, 2019

Students posing with barn quilts

First-year students in Professor Julia Dabbs's intellectual community course have crafted a new way to celebrate campus history. The students have created a set of three barn quilts to display on campus, each one representing an era of the school's history.

The campus community was invited to create the quilts by the Stevens Community Historical Society as part of the Stevens County Barn Quilt Trail. Dabbs jumped at the chance to involve her students in the community-building opportunity, and designed a fall course around it.

"I have always loved quilts, and color, and public art, and this was a perfect combination of all three," she says. "I thought it would be a great way for UMN Morris to form this colorful new connection with the community."

The barn quilts were featured in an episode of Prairie Yard and Garden earlier this semester. They will be mounted on the south side of the Seed Barn, facing the North Parking Lot. A celebration is set for Thursday, May 2, at 4:15 p.m.