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WINTERSET, Iowa — The Iowa Quilt Museum has opened on the square in downtown Winterset.

The project began when some local residents thought a quilt museum would be a good thing to have in the town.

The purpose of the museum is to promote the understanding of quilting history in the United States,the venue will also feature different styles of quilting found in the Midwest.

“The Iowa Quilt Museum is not a collecting museum we are a display museum only,  we’ll have three different exhibits of about 30 different quilts through any calendar year,” said Marianne Fons, President of the Museum Board of Trustees.” Our first exhibit which I’m thrilled to share with everybody, is called Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts.”

The Iowa Quilt Museum is located in the former J.C. Penny Store on the south side of the Winterset square. The building has new climate control features to keep humidity at the proper level, and not blow any drafts from the heating or air-conditioning. The building has also had new track lighting installed so there is never a shadow on any quilt.

This is the third museum to open in Winterset. The John Wayne Birthplace Museum and the Madison County Historical Society already operate museums in  the city.

“This is kind of a tribute to all the quilters in Iowa,” said Fons. “Iowa has more quilt shops than any state in the United States. So, it’s a place where the quilt is much appreciated.”

There is an admission charge to the museum.  If you would like more information check out the Iowa Quilt Museum website here.