Homestead National Monument

Angel Quilt

by Lucy A. Fazely

The Artist-in-Residence Program can be found at many of our national parks. Read on to learn about one quilter's experience!

Many of the national parks in the United States participate in
the Artist-in-Residence Program, which allows professional
artists (including painters, photographers, writers, composers,
filmmakers, and performers) to temporarily reside in park
housing without cost while practicing their art. For me,
Homestead National Monument of America in the state of
Nebraska stood out from the rest. Stationed in South Dakota
years ago when I was in the Air Force, I fell in love with the
beauty of the plains. As a writer, I wanted to understand the
lives of pioneer women. As a quilter, I was also interested inthe way these women used quilt blocks and designs during
the mid-nineteenth century to express political, cultural, and
personal beliefs that they couldn't voice for themselves.

See the June/July 2013 issue to read the full article.