On this day in 1912, Tillie Olsen, Depression era author and social activist, was born to Russian immigrant parents in Wahoo, Nebraska. Olsen left her tenant farm life after completing the 11th grade and took on a series of working-class jobs. She moved to San Francisco in 1933, and lived there for the rest of her life, working on and writing about pro-labor causes and raising a family of four daughters with her husband Jack Olsen, a fellow protestor.

Kate Snyder Pickett of Wahoo, Nebraska hand pieced and tied this “Our Village Green” block quilt between 1876-1900. A relative of the quiltmaker documented the quilt in 1988 as part of the Iowa Quilt Research Project.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance