On this day in 1913, Alaskan missionary Hudson Stuck lead the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest peak on the American continent (20,320 feet). The first person to actually set foot on McKinley’s south peak was Walter Harper, one of Stuck’s three companions on the climb. A national park was established at Mount McKinley in 1917 and expanded in 1980. It was renamed Denali National Park and Preserve, and covers 6 million acres, an area larger than Massachusetts.

Ree Nancarrow of Denali Park, Alaska, made this quilt, titled “Arctic Lava” in 1994. It is part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress “Quilts and Quiltmaking in American: 1978-1996” exhibit. It was winner in the Lands’ End All-American Quilt Contest.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

See You in June for Month Three!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! We’ve made two very different but complementary blocks together and we can’t wait to make more. Join us next month as we make a block designed by Pat Sloan — we’ll send instructions out on the 15th.

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @zakfoster.quilts on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM (or email us a photo of your block at blockparty@quiltalliance.org). And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


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