Historic quilts from the collection of the McHenry County Historical Society will be on display Jan. 7 – Feb. 3, 2020, at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St. in Woodstock.
The quilts date from the 1880s to the 1990s and highlight a variety of patterns from the Society’s collection of more than 160 quilts.
One of the quilts featured in this Community Room display is a red and white Signature quilt made by the women of the Richmond Congregational Church in 1887. There are 162 names hand-inked on the quilt. Each person paid 10 cents to $1 as a fundraiser for the church. In 1895, this quilt was given to Cora Cotting, at her wedding to Edward Stewart. She was a granddaughter of Charles C. Cotting, an early pioneer of Richmond. Charles Cotting built Richmond’s first flourmill.
The quilts are free for public viewing during normal box office hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 815-923-2267.