Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ag Heritage Park Joins The American Barn Quilt Trail

Ag Heritage Park has been added to The American Barn Quilt Trail, with a pair of barn
quilt blocks displayed on the main museum building in Alta Vista. The blocks, “Home
Treasure” pattern, were painted by quilt artist Susan Kesl of Milford, who not only
loves painting quilt block art, but loves quilting as well. Susan chose the pattern and the
red, white and blue color theme especially for Ag Heritage Park to be truly Americana,
depicting true rural heritage. Ag Heritage Park is all about preserving rural Kansas
heritage. The pair of barn quilt blocks were donated to honor ag heritage by Chase Kesl,
Grantville, Friend of Ag Heritage Park.



Dedication of the Ag Heritage Park Barn Quilt Blocks
Barn quilt blocks, the largest public art project in the nation was introduced to
Wabaunsee County, Kansas, September 22, 2012, during Alta Vista’s Old Settler’s Day
celebration at Ag Heritage Park, 103 South Main. Wabaunsee County joins Chase and
Franklin counties as the only three Kansas counties to feature barn quilt blocks on Suzi
Parron’s, American Barn Quilt Trail at www.barnquiltinfo.com.

The American Barn Quilt Trail includes more than 3,000 barn quilts, covering 27 states,
inviting visitors to travel the countryside to enjoy barn quilt art.

Ag Heritage Park becomes the forerunner, introducing a trail that showcases rural areas
of the Flint Hills of Kansas, highlighting farms, ranches, crops and livestock while
educating the public of the importance of agriculture economically and historically to the
area. You may find more information about barn quilt blocks and Ag Heritage Park at
AgHeritagePark.com.

Ag Heritage Park’s barn quilt block artist, Susan Kesl, also painted and installed a barn
quilt block on her family farm near Palmer, in Washington County, Kansas, this past
March. This block also is scheduled to be added to the American Barn Quilt Trail, and
become part of the proposed Kansas Flint Hills Barn Quilt Trail.

The “Home Treasure” barn quilt blocks may be viewed during daylight hours. Ag
Heritage Park is open to the public mostly by appointment, by calling 785-482-
3865, 620-767-2715 or 620-767-2714. You may follow the Park’s activities at
AgHeritagePark.com and Facebook.

Ag Heritage Park is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve history, and
educate the public with a complete rendition display of early ag life. Ag Heritage Park is
located on the southern edge of Alta Vista, just 15 miles south of Manhattan or 12 miles
north of Council Grove.

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