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The Kitty Clark Cole Collection


Flag
Maker unknown
c.1900
73" x 77 1/2"
Cotton
MSU Museum Accession 2001:158.12
Photo by Mary Whalen, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Kitty Clark Cole loves patriotic quilts and this one purchased from Shelly Zegart is one of many she collected. The date of this quilt is based on the inclusion of the Cuban flag among the thirteen-star American flags. After the U.S. battleship "Maine" was sunk in the Bay of Havana on February 15, 1898 the United States entered the war between Spain and Cuba for Cuba's independence. After the war the United States governed Cuba from 1899-1902.

By Beth Donaldson, excerpted from The Michigan Quilt Project: New Discoveries exhibit.

 


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