By: Carolyn Ducey and Mary Ellen Ducey
This study examined the quilt symposium held in Lincoln, Nebraska, in July 1977, coordinated by the Lincoln Quilters Guild. Organizers of the symposium and individuals who attended shared their experiences through oral history interviews and primary documents. The interviews and textual information revealed how the symposium was part of the burgeoning first steps of the quilt revival of the 1970s and helped to propel quilting into full maturity in America. Quilt Symposium ’77 “Fine Art – Folk Art” presented both a historical overview of traditional quilting and a tantalizing glimpse of the future of modern quilting to an international audience, while providing a model that inspired other organizations to follow.