The Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum will display a collection of mini quilts through Oct. 25. Martha Brenner Noland sits by the Missouri Heritage Quilt created by her grandmother in the 1880s on display at the museum.

The Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum is housing an exhibit of mini quilts that highlight historical figures that were born in or lived in Missouri.

Lisa Wittmeyer, museum curator, said the collection of mini quilts in the museum are on loan from the Northland Needlers Quilt Show until Oct. 25.

The Platte County Historical Society, which owns and operates the museum, is exhibiting over 50 of these mini quilts depicting notable men and women of Missouri including pioneers, astronauts, writers, athletes and educators.

The mini quilts include the images of Marie Oliver who designed the state flag and Susan Blow who founded the first Kindergarten in the country. The quilts also highlight journalist Walter Cronkite, author Laura Ingalls Wilder, animator Walt Disney, musician Sheryl Crow, baseball player Satchel Page and botanist Henry Shaw.

In addition, the quilts include Clara Stover who was co-founder of Russell Stover Candy and Edwin Hubble which the Hubble Telescope was named after due to his advancements in astronomy.

“This display is very appropriate for this year’s bicentennial in the state,” Wittmeyer said. “These are Missourians that really made a difference.”

She said the mini quilts are fabric art made by members of the Northland Needlers Guild and the Nitetime Needlers Guild. They began creating the quilts in 2008 with a focus on women who influenced their communities. In 2013, they grew the collection by adding notable men.

Pat Peterson, keeper of the quilts for the Northland Needlers Quilt Show, said the display is viewed as a journey through the history of Missouri in fabric. She created a video to accompany the exhibit that can be viewed at the museum upon request.

In addition, the museum will display a Missouri Heritage Quilt on loan from Martha Brenner Noland of Kansas City North in Platte County. The nineteenth-century quilt in a blazing star pattern won several awards and has been displayed throughout the state and at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

The Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum is located at 220 Ferrel St. in Platte City. They will be open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through Oct. 25. The admission fee is $5 for adults and free for children under 12 years old.

The historical society will hold a special evening showing of the exhibit from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Oct. 20.

For more information, contact the museum by phone at 816-431-5121. They can be found online at pchs1882.org or on Facebook.

Maragret Slayton can be reached at margaret.slayton@newspressnow.com.