Chicagoans viewing the Lake from downtown today can hardly imagine what it all looked like in summer, 1893 when dozens and dozens of fanciful yet substantial buildings constructed for a six-month event stood in Jackson Park.
The buildings of the White City interpreted the Beaux-Arts classical look as spun sugar but most of the structures were actually of concrete and hemp.
However, it seems that many state displays included quilts and a few recorded them. The book Kansas at the World's Fair tells us about needlework. The Woman's Columbian club of Holton showed lace. Mrs. A.C. Cowles of Emporia showed a "crazy-work throw and Mrs. E.E. Crandall of Manhattan sent a patchwork quilt."