Mel Dugosh of Tarpley has completed two quilts, one for her sister-in-law Elenora Dugosh Goodley and the other in honor of former First Lady Bird Johnson, that are being prepared for display at the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera.
Dugosh completed the quilt entitled “Elenora” to honor the Polish traditions in her husband’s family and the work of her sister-in-law to promote the history of Polish settlers in the Bandera area. She gave it to Goodley as a gift.
Goodley in turn has loaned the quilt to the museum, which is planning to feature it in a display the museum’s director is developing on the history of the Polish community in Bandera that should be unveiled in mid-December.
The quilt features two birds representing Bandera and its sister city in Poland, Strzelce Opolskie, and colorful eggs representing all the members of Goodley’s family surrounding a tree standing for the deep roots that Goodley’s family has in Bandera.
Dugosh’s quilt honoring Johnson was created for an exhibition in Houston last year that focused on the Power of Women. It has been given to the museum through a permanent loan.
The quilts were brought to the museum last week.
Museum Executive Director Rebecca Norton was pleased to have the art pieces. She is preparing a place to display the quilt honoring Johnson in the museum’s Doane Western Art Gallery.
The museum is located at 510 13th St. in Bandera.