Ozark Quilt Trail Launched in Pulaski County

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Ozark Quilt Trail launched in Pulaski County June 3, 2016. It is Missouri’s second organized quilt block trail.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 was an exciting day for the Ozark Quilt Trail project in Pulaski County, Missouri! After two years of research, studying best practices from established quilt trails across the United States, and a lengthy 501 (c) (3) process, the group of eight dedicated volunteers unveiled their first three quilt block installations at the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum (Waynesville), Old Stagecoach Stop Museum (Waynesville), and the Frisco Depot Museum (Crocker). Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the first unveiling.

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1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum on the Square, in Waynesville, is host to “Four Flags” quilt block. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public every Saturday, April through September. Admission is free.

The 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum’s quilt block pattern is named Four Flags and was chosen to highlight Pulaski County’s patriotism. The Old Stagecoach Stop Museum & Foundation chose the Missouri Star pattern to represent their historical site. This pattern can be considered as a Civil War era pattern- an appropriate fit since the Old Stagecoach Stop was commandeered by Union forces and used as hospital during the War Between The States. The pattern chosen for the Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker celebrates Crocker’s roots as a railroad boom town- and is a tip of the hat to the conductors on the Underground Railroad who risked everything to lead slaves to freedom.

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The Old Stagecoach Stop Museum displays the “Missouri Star” quilt block. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public every Saturday, April through September. Admission is free.

Ozark Quilt Trail consists of Kathi Crawford (President), Denise Seevers (Vice-President), Bonnie Kinkel (Secretary), Liz Duplissie (Treasurer), Alex Fry, Mayor James Morgan, Robin Carpenter, and Laura Huffman. The group will continue installing quilt blocks across Pulaski County and surrounding areas at historic sites, points of interest, and barns.

Quilt Trails are popular in other states and Ozark Quilt Trail is the second established quilt block trail in Missouri. Ozark Quilt Trail members reached out to the first, Barn Quilts of the Boonslick, for advice and best practices. Ozark Quilt Trail will “preserve, present and promote our rural communities roots; honor our farming and family traditions; promote agri-tourism in our county, and bring focus and pride to our downtowns, and public areas. We will educate citizens and visitors on our Ozark Mountain heritage, historic sites, and landmarks.”

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The Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, MO. is home to the “Underground Railroad” quilt block. The Frisco Depot Museum is open by appointment and during Crocker’s annual Railroad Days festival.

The groups focus will first be turned towards historic sites, points of interest, and barns on primary routes throughout the county such as Route 66, Highway 28, Highway 17, and Highway 7. Later, focus will shift to secondary routes such as T Highway, DD Highway, and O Highway, before turning to dirt road thoroughfares within the Pulaski County area.

Ozark Quilt Trail members wish to extend a sincere Thank You and round of applause to Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild who contributed the funds to cover the expenses of the quilt block installation at the Old Stagecoach Stop. If you or your organization would like to host an installation, or nominate a site, please contact Kathi Crawford at 573-433-5645. You can also learn more at the group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ozarkquilttrail.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of May 31-June 5, 2016

June 3- Ozark Quilt Trail Unveilings
What: Ozark Quilt Trail publicly launches the first three quilt square installations.
Where: 1903 Route 66 Museum & Old Stagecoach Stop (Waynesville) and Frisco Depot Museum (Crocker)
When: Unveiling will begin at 11:00 a.m. at 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, followed immediately by Old Stagecoach Stop unveiling. Unveiling at Frisco Depot Museum begins at 12:15 p.m..
Cost: FREE
Contact: Ozark Quilt Trail (Kathi Crawford)- 573.433.5645

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June 3- Farmers’ Market at Fort Leonard Wood
What: Farmers Market
Where: MWR Rec Plex, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop (Amanda Williams)- 573.765.2500
*For information on accessing Fort Leonard Wood contact Amanda Williams at 573.765.2500

June 4- Dixon Hilly Run 10K
What: Scenic 10K
Where: Dixon Middle School
When: 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $25, group rates available
Contact: Allen Hilliard- 573-586-9475

June 4 Dixon Hilly Run 10K

June 4- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at the Roubidoux Campground, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in Waynesville!

June 4- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

Visit the Museums On The Square in downtown Waynesville! On the National Register of Historic Places!

Visit the Museums On The Square in downtown Waynesville! On the National Register of Historic Places!

June 4- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

June 4- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $20 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Looking Ahead:

June 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, & 25PFAA Presents “Gifted”, Waynesville
June 15-18 Pulaski County Regional Fair, Saint Robert
June 18- Route 66 Freedom Fest, Waynesville
June 21-25 Tri County Fair, Richland
June 25 & 26- Cave State Cruisers 29th Annual Car Show, Waynesville
July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA