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Little White School Museum Hosting PrairieFest Programs

Jun 02, 2014 12:24PM ● By Steven Jack

Make sure to visit the historic Little White School Museum during this year’s PrairieFest community celebration in Oswego. The Quilters Dozen Quilting Club will host their annual PrairieFest Quilt Show. Visitors will have a chance to buy tickets to win this year’s PrairieFest quilt, handmade by club members. In addition, the museum will feature their “Celebrating the 4’s” special exhibit honoring Oswegoland school class years ending in 4. The museum is located at 72 Polk Street. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 630-554-2999 or send an email to for more information.

When you’re making your PrairieFest plans, don’t forget to include a visit to Oswego’s historic Little White School Museum.

Owners of treasured quilts are invited to display them at this year’s PrairieFest Quilt Show, during PrairieFest weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 13-15, at the museum. Show admission will be free.

The Quilters Dozen Quilt Group, organizers and sponsors of the annual show, are seeking handmade, machine made, new, heirloom, and otherwise treasured quilts for this year’s show. Each year’s show attracts dozens of colorful examples of the craft of quilting.
There is no cost to enter quilts in the show.

Quilt owners should drop off their quilts, each accompanied by an entry form, on Wednesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 72 Polk Street (Polk at Jackson), in Oswego. At the end of the show, quilts may be picked up, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 15.
Quilt show entry forms are available at all Oswegoland Park District locations and are also available for on-line download at Forms will also be available during quilt drop-off on Wednesday, June 11.

Besides a large display of modern and antique quilts, the show will also feature certified quilt appraiser Chris Moline, who will appraise quilts during the show on Friday and Saturday for $50 each. Quilt show hours will be Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; andSunday, June 15 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

In addition to the quilt show, the Quilters Dozen is also sponsoring their annual PrairieFest Quilt Raffle. Tickets, $1 each or six for $5 are now on sale from quilt club members and at all Oswegoland Park District offices. The winning raffle ticket will be selected at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at the conclusion of the PrairieFest Quilt Show. The annual raffle is the group’s main fundraiser. In the past, proceeds have benefited the Little White School Museum and the PrairieFest community celebration.

This year’s queen-size quilt is entitled “Seasons,” and is a traditional Tree of Life-inspired design. The Tree of Life pattern has been used in the United States from the early 1800s to the present, often used as wedding gifts. The 2014 PrairieFest Quilt features a pattern of colorful seasonal trees set in a cream background representing balance and harmony, and suggesting unity and longevity.

Provided by the Little White School Museum