At the Museum

    On display at the Grant County Historical Society museum is a quilt with each state’s official flower embroidered within each patch.
    However, the quilt only has 48 patches which indicates it was constructed before Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the Union in 1959. According to Arlo Levisen, president of the society, the quality of the stitching is quite high and the colors are vibrant. It was never properly hemmed nor completed.
    The origin of the quilt is unknown, but it once belonged to Milbank resident Betsy Koch. It was a gift from her friend Betty Grams, the owner of a local antique store in Milbank, who presented it to Koch in the mid-1980s. Koch was a beginner quilter, and planned to complete the quilt. However, she never got around to finishing the quilt and eventually it found its way to the American Lutheran Church where the quilting group had hopes of completing it.
    Years later the quilt was found in a storage room at the church by Betty and Gene Torness. Not wanting to discard the unique item, it was presented to the historical society in May of 2019 to be displayed at the museum.
    Who started the quilt and why is a mystery. There is speculation that it may have been started to commemorate Milbank’s Diamond Jubilee in 1955. Should anyone have information on the quilt they can contact Levisen at 605-938-4192 or
    To view these items and many other historical artifacts from Grant County’s past, visit the museums in Milbank on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

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