Extensive research of this University of Nebraska quilt suggests two possible inspirations for its creation, both linked to the Palladian Literary Society (PLS), a student organization founded in 1871 at the Lincoln campus. The first is that the quilt honored the work of PLS Honorary Member Harriett Wyman Wilder, whose name is featured in the quilt’s center. Wyman left Nebraska in 1921 for missionary work in Madura, India. The second is that PLS members made the quilt to celebrate the Society’s 50th anniversary. More research will hopefully reveal the true story.

Title: 
UNL-Palladian Society
Maker: 
Multiple signatures
Circa
1921
Made in
Lincoln
Nebraska
United States
69
74.5
IQSCM
1998.004.0001