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Quilters Answering the Call for Fort Robinson

Becky Serres with quilt at Fort Robinson State Park
Becky Serres covers a lodging room bed with a quilt donated to Fort Robinson State Park. The quilt, crafted by Mildred Fauquet of Lincoln, is among a growing number given to the park for its use. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

Overnight visitors to Fort Robinson State Park may notice a special touch to their rooms this summer.

The park, with its historical lodging facilities that once housed Cavalry soldiers and officers, has begun a new project to feature the work of quilters from Nebraska and the surrounding region. The park is seeking at least 30 quilts to be placed on beds in two of its officers’ quarters — the big brick buildings at the west end of its horseshoe drive that are popular for families and other large groups.

Becky Serres, an assistant superintendent at the park, sent letters to shops and stores last year requesting donated quilts. So far, four have answered the call and she’s hoping more will arrive before May 15 as the park prepares for its many activities to kick into full gear.

“This is a great way for talented quilters to show off their work and help put their mark on Fort Robinson,” Serres said. “It will provide a special touch to the rooms and help quilters build a connection with our park.”

Quilts are reminiscent of bedding that would have been in use when the fort was an active U.S. Cavalry post in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Few restrictions are in place for the donated quilts, and a wide variety of designs will be accepted. Each quilt must cover a queen-sized bed, ranging from 90-102 inches wide and 102-118 long. Also, to ensure proper credit is given to the quilters, each should have a tag denoting who created it.

Completed quilts may be mailed to Serres at Fort Robinson State Park, 3200 Hwy 20, Crawford, NE 69339. More information may be obtained by contacting her at becky.serres@nebraska.gov or 308-665-2933.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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