The K.K.K. Fundraising Quilt of Chicora, Michigan


From Uncoverings 2006, Volume 27 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group


By: MacDowell, Marsha; Quinney, Charlotte; Worrall, Mary

Marsha MacDowell holds an MFA and a PhD from Michigan State University. She is Professor of Art and Art History at MSU and Curator of Folk Arts at the MSU Museum, home of the Great Lakes Quilt Center. MacDowell has long been involved in a wide range of research, exhibition, education, public policy, and collection development and use projects related to traditional material culture. She is the founding and current editor of H-Quilts listserv; a founding and current board member of The Alliance for American Quilts where she works on The Quilt Index and Quilt Treasures; a past-president of the American Quilt Study Group; and the coordinator of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program. Her longtime research projects have been focused on Native American, African American, and Michigan quiltmaking traditions. MacDowell is also part of the core faculty of the MSU Museum Studies Program.

Charlotte Quinney earned her BA degree in American Studies from the Uni­versity of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and recently completed her MA degree in American Studies from Michigan State University. Her main areas of interest are African-American history, nineteenth-century popular literature, and the American Gothic. She has previously worked as an Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Popular Culture, and she completed a publishing internship at The New Press in New York.

Mary Worrall is an Assistant Curator at the Michigan State University Museum. Among her activities at the museum, Worrall has served as Project Manager for the Quilt Index, curated numerous interpretive quilt exhibitions, including Mary Schafer: A Legacy in Quilt History; Quilts Old and New: Reproductions from Michigan State University Museum; and Redwork: A Textile Tradition in America, and has written on quilts and quiltmaking. Worrall holds a BA in Public History from Western Michigan University and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she is currently working on a second master's degree in Apparel and Textiles.