After nearly a year and a half of planning and execution, the Stevens County Barn Quilt Trail was launched yesterday, the beginning of a 5-year project to preserve these historic and artistic displays. Barn quilts are wood panels permanently mounted on exterior structures and painted with colorful designs. Ward Voorhees, President of the Stevens County Historical Society, told the KMRS Community Connection that there are 24 barn quilts of various sizes displayed at 14 locations across Stevens County, including four on his own property, which can be viewed on the self-guided tours.    Barn Quilt Trails have a national following, so tourism is expected from the project. Due to its ongoing nature, the hope is for the Trail to expand over the coming months as more quilt owners add their works to the official tour map, which can be downloaded atstevenshistorymuseum.com/barn-quilts. A limited number of hard copies are also available at the Stevens County History Museum, Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, Morris Public Library, PRCA, Senior Citizen Center and Morris City Hall, as well as the ChokioSenior Center and Hancock Community Center.

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