This quilt was owned by Judith Knopp of Lincoln, Nebraska, quilted by Donna Brittenham and Ann Davis, and painted by Arlene Koenig. Although no information is available about the quilters or painter, Judith Knopp was a 1st lieutenant in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and served as a nurse during a three-year tour at a large base hospital in Japan. She was also the Nebraska volunteer coordinator for the Vietnam Women's Memorial project during the 1980s through the memorial's dedication in Washington, DC in 1993.
As we are all painfully aware, a number of communities across Nebraska were devastated this season by catastrophic tornadoes, most notably Pilger and Beaver Crossing. In the aftermath of these terrible misfortunes, Nebraskans joined together in order to provide support - emotional, physical, and financial - to these areas. As these towns and their citizens continued the rebuild, the Nebraska History Museum worked to find a way to lend their support during this time of need.
Looking in to the exhibit "Beauty in Hard Times: Depression Era Quilts in Nebraska"