The exhibit will be on view until May 2017. Our newest exhibit at the Marathon County Historical Society is set to open in a just a few weeks. “Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story” will tell the local stories behind more than a dozen antique quilts from our Collections. A public opening with special activities will be Saturday, July 23, from 1 pm to 4:30 pm at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. This exhibit will show that there’s much, much more to a quilt than merely the utilitarian purpose of keeping people warm. Quilts are used to decorate homes, as gifts to celebrate a person or event, and to remember a loved one. These historic quilts tell stories about their makers, and often are all that remain of these talented, self-sufficient women. Visitors will learn about the artistic, cultural, historic, and social importance of the quilts. They will learn about the women who made them and how lifestyle, current events, and society affected fabric and pattern choices. Through the quilts and their stories, a picture will emerge of the important contributions made by women at a time when their opportunities remained limited. For example, a quilt composed of small fabric hexagons, made by a Mosinee woman in the early 20th century, will challenge viewers to find two pieces alike. A 1940s quilt made by Methodist Church women in Brokaw was raffled off as a fundraiser. The second-floor exhibit hall will offer visitors the opportunity to peruse printed quilt patterns and create their own quilt designs using magnetic shapes, wood blocks, or crayons. On the opening day July 23, there will be a quilt to help tie in preparation to be given to charity, and there will be quilt related demonstrations. There is no admission fee for the July 23 opening or to visit the exhibit anytime during business hours, although donations are welcome. The Woodson History Center is open 9 am to 4:30 pm Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1 pm to 4:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays; closed Mondays and holidays.