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Release Date: 02/22/11
Contacts: Lesley Collins    
  307-261-7603    

Trails Center Celebrates Women's History Month with Temporary Exhibit,
"Warmth for the Body and Soul: Antique, Traditional and Artistic Quilts"


Quilts provide warmth for the body and soul. They are practical works of art, stitched with love.

An antique quilt, created between the early 1860s and 1890s. The quilt is part of the Trails Center's temporary exhibit, "Warmth for the Body and Soul: Antique, Traditional and Artistic Quilts."
An antique quilt, created between the early 1860s and 1890s. The quilt is part of the Trails Center's temporary exhibit, "Warmth for the Body and Soul: Antique, Traditional and Artistic Quilts."
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will recognize Women’s History Month with a temporary exhibit entitled, “Warmth for the Body and Soul: Antique, Traditional and Artistic Quilts.”

The exhibit, which includes 40 quilts, opens March 1 and runs through April 30.

Yong Hui Torske is the coordinator of the exhibit. Torske is a Casper resident and quilting instructor at Casper College.

Pioneer women carefully sewed scraps of fabric and pieces of cloth to create quilts. Quilts provided warmth for their families. Quilt designs offered women a way to express themselves with color, cloth and shape.

“Every quilt has a story,” said Alex Rose, an interpreter at the Trails Center. “A quilt is a cultural document, just like a letter, photograph or newspaper. You not only learn about the maker, but the person it is made for. Each quilt in this exhibit has its own unique story for visitors to discover.”

For more information, contact Alex Rose at (307) 261-7700.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30. p.m.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 03-03-2011