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2008 Old Tippecanoe Block Challenge
in Honor of William Henry Harrison

Governor of the Indiana Territory (1801-1812)
Brigadier General of the Army of the Northwest (1812-1814)
Ninth President of the United States of America (1841)

Harrison MansionOn a knoll above the Wabash River sits Grouseland, the historic mansion built by William Henry Harrison during his term as Governor of the Indiana Territory. Currently owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution, this stately Federal-style house has been open to the public as a museum since 1911. Not only was Grouseland Harrison's home (named after the grouse he enjoyed hunting), but it was also the focal point of his government. The council chamber where he negotiated and signed several treaties with Native American tribes is just one of the many rooms that visitors can see.

In 2011, Grouseland will commemorate the Battle of Tippecanoe, where Governor Harrison's troops defeated the forces of Tecumseh, a powerful Shawnee leader. Grouseland's trustees are inviting all quilters to become part of history by making and contributing a finished Tippecanoe block to be displayed at Grouseland during the commemoration. All blocks will subsequently become part of Grouseland's permanent collection.
  1. Each block must use a traditional pieced or appliquéd design named after William Henry Harrison (e.g. Harrison Rose, Tippecanoe, Old Tippecanoe, etc.) or an original design that can be interpreted as a tribute to Harrison. (Blocks may be embellished, but all embellished blocks will be entered as appliqué.)
  2. Blocks must measure no less than 11" square and no more than 15" square finished, bound, and quilted.
  3. Nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics are recommended but not required.
  4. An official entry form must accompany each block (see below) and a fabric tag with the name and address of the maker, as well as the name of the pattern, must be secured to the back of the block. (Entry forms may be photocopied.)
  5. Quilters may enter as many blocks as they wish.
  6. All entries must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2008.
  7. Judging will take place in October 2008 and the judges' decisions will be final. Winners will be notified by phone.
  8. Winning entries will be displayed at Grouseland, the historic home of President William Henry Harrison. All blocks will become the property of Grouseland for use in exhibits and to commemorate the Battle of Tippecanoe in 2011.
2.Appliqué/Mixed Technique

First place (each category):
$250 to be awarded by Grouseland, a two-year subscription to The Quilter, bundled fabric assortment valued at $50

Second place (each category):
$100 to be awarded by Grouseland, a one-year subscription to The Quilter, bundled fabric assortment valued at $35

Third place (each category):
$50 to be awarded by Grouseland, a one-year subscription to The Quilter, bundled fabric assortment valued at $35

Entry Form
Fill out this form and mail it together with your block to:
Grouseland, Old Tippecanoe Block Challenge, 3 West Scott St., Vincennes, Indiana 47591.

Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________________________________________

City/Town: _______________________________________________________________________________

State: ________ Zip Code: ______________________________

Telephone: (_________) ____________ - ____________________________

Name of Block: ___________________________________________________________________________

Visit for a virtual tour and more information about Grouseland.
Grouseland President: Paula Nossett | Co-chairwomen: Judy Morton and Barbara Elliott | Administrator's Office: (812) 882-2096