The quilt exhibition "Recycling and Resourcefulness: Quilts of the 1930s" is on view in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery through Aug. 31.
Quilts from the collection of the International Quilt Study Center show how one group in American society responded to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The Great Depression was the longest and most severe economic crisis in the United States' history. Passed on orally in many families, the experience of life in hard times has become part of the common heritage of millions of Americans.
The exhibition features quilts made by women who lived by the saying, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." These examples of material culture allow a glimpse into the lives of women who may have been overlooked or invisible, but who made up the better part of the backbone of a country during the "hard times."
The Hillestad Gallery is on the second floor of the Home Economics Building. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 25. Admission is free.