Quilt historian and author Mary Bywater Cross has done it again! Her book "Treasures in the Trunk: Quilts of the Oregon Trail" was published in 1993, and quilts from the book had been exhibited a few times around Oregon, but not for many years. Now, an exhibit called "Treasures from the Trunk: Quilts and their Makers after the Oregon Trail Journey" is on display at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mission Mill in Salem, and it's up until December 24th. Here are some pictures from the exhibit.
This exhibit is definitely worth a visit. It has some wonderful quilts and great stories about the people who made them, with many connections to family journeys across the Oregon Trail. Also a good reason to pick up a copy of Mary's book, if you haven't got a copy already. The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mission Mill is located at 1313 SE Mill Street in Salem, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM. Free admission on Tuesdays, so check it out!!