Area Quilters Exhibit 18 “Quilts of Valor” at the Frank House

Louisa Renchen
Central Nebraska Coordinator, 308.234.1663

UNK- The Frank House museum in Kearney is exhibiting 18 “Quilts of Valor” now through Aug. 15.   

The “Quilts of Valor” are wartime quilts made to honor those wounded in war. According to the Quilts of Valor Foundation Web site, the quilts are a tangible way to say “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor for our country.” The quilts in the exhibit were made by members of the Country Crossroads Quilt Guild, and are hung or draped on two floors of the Frank House museum.

Six members of the Country Crossroads Quilt Guild created the quilt tops. The members are: Amanda Benz, Patricia Brashears, Bev Frickel, Mary McGee and Kassie Sulton, all of Kearney, and Judy Gasseling of Minden.

“Once the quilts are finished, the Quilts of Valor Foundation is contacted, and the quilts are assigned to a recovery hospital,” said Louisa Renchen of Kearney, central Nebraska coordinator. “From there, a chaplain or point of contact within the hospital assigns the quilts to the wounded.”

The Frank House museum, which is located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney west campus, will have the quilts on display Monday through Friday from 2-5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. The first floor is ADA accessible. There is no admission charge to view the exhibit, but donations are accepted.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation, formerly known as “Quilts for Soldiers,” is a national grassroots volunteer organization founded by Catherine Roberts. More than 24,000 heirloom quality quilts have been awarded to those wounded from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 70 recovery hospitals. For more information, visit