Discover Nebraska

Honoring Nebraska Through Quilts

About Us

Discover Nebraska is a Quilting/Social Studies unit geared to 4th graders studying Nebraska history. Our objective is to enrich the curriculum by providing an interesting and educational way to teach Nebraska history and the history of quilt making. To accomplish this, we use our Discover Nebraska quilt (made by our committee), a Nebraska map, visuals and quilts.

Our twenty committee members are volunteers from the Lincoln Quilters Guild and the community. Guild members have donated vintage quilts for this purpose. Our quilts range from an 1887 crazy quilt to a quilt of Nebraska, complete with all 93 counties.  Our donated quilts have been documented by a group of ladies who work in quilt preservation and documentation.

Two hours is spent in each school beginning with a central presentation for all 4th grade classrooms. The students then go to the classroom, where they color quilt blocks and assemble their paper quilt. All classes reassemble to show off their quilt, we review the materials presented, show our current quilting projects and answer student’s questions.

We have presented to public and private elementary schools in Lincoln and surrounding communities. We have reached a total of over 42,000 children in 20 years!

The Lincoln Quilters Guild has about 225 members. We are proud of our Community Outreach projects. In addition to Discover Nebraska, we provide "Cuddle Quilts" to local hospitals and Social Service agencies and Quilts of Valor are made for our veterans. Many of our members are also volunteers at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.