Junior High History Quilt

One of 60 quilt squares on Mr. Peterson's Sheridan Jr. High history classes quilt.
One of 60 quilt squares on Mr. Peterson's Sheridan Jr. High history classes quilt.

Students in Mr. Peterson's history classes at Sheridan Junior High School just completed their 2nd Semester research project. For twelve years in all teaching history, and for the fourth year since coming to SJHS, Mr. Peterson has had his students make a quilt. One year a quilt was made up of squares showing the history of how Sheridan's street names came to be. This year, he tells us, the theme is on Sheridan County Women.

More than just making the quilt squares, Mr. Peterson says that the students began working on the project in mid-April, with the assistance of the Sheridan County Museum, the Wyoming Room at the Fulmer Library, and the Trail End Historic Site.

And adding to the “cool factor” of the research, many of the women highlighted on the quilt are still living, which actually posed a challenge to the students who had them as subjects.

The quilt squares are made up in a star pattern, giving the women the honor they are due. During the summer months, the quilt will be on display in the ballroom at the Trail End Mansion; after that, it will hang in the stairwell between the 2nd and 3rd floors at Sheridan Junior High.

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