PAT GRAHN STANDS by an old, tattered and torn wool quilt she thought was of no value. She noted that quilting experts found it to be of interest due to its age. 		    Ian Stepleton photo
PAT GRAHN STANDS by an old, tattered and torn wool quilt she thought was of no value. She noted that quilting experts found it to be of interest due to its age. Ian Stepleton photo

     TURNS OUT, THE RIPON Historical Society has quite the collection of quilts.

     If that’s news to you, don’t feel bad.

     It also came as a bit of a surprise to the Ripon Historical Society.

     And, as often is the case with anything historical society related, we have to thank the late Sam Pedrick for this fact.

     Known as more or less the godfather of the society, Pedrick’s ancient and amazingly complete records mean that even the top quilt experts in the state now have taken an interest in the quilt collection Ripon boasts.

     Need proof?

     Consider the experts they’re sending here Feb. 4 for its first wave of cataloging the historic quilts knocking around the attic of the Ripon Historical Society.

     “It’s exciting to think that we have enough historic quilts here for the quilt museum to send four experts here to document our quilts,” said Pat Grahn, who has helped shepherd this process forward. “I knew nothing about quilts when I started, but I learned there is a rich and wonderful quilt culture in Ripon, which I really never realized.” ...

     To read the entire column, including why some Ripon quilts are particularly noteworthy, see the Jan. 12, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.