The St. James Chamber of Commerce in an announcement said the Missouri bicentennial and Phelps County commemorative quilts will both be on display at the tourist information center in St. James Oct. 1 through Oct. 5. The State Historical Society and the Missouri Star Quilt Company, in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild teamed up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. With one block representing each Missouri County and independent City of St. Louis the quilt showcases the unique characteristics of Missouri’s culture and style, the chamber said in a press release. A local group of six quilters made the Phelps County Commemorative Quilt for the St. James Chamber of Commerce to help celebrate Phelps County’s contribution to the state for the past 200 years. “The first settlers arrived in the Phelps County area sometime around 1818, and throughout the 200 plus years, Phelps County citizens have made some very significant contributions to not only the state, but world-wide,” the chamber said. The quilters worked with the Phelps County Historical Society to do research about the county, the various points of interest and some of the people who throughout history have made an impact in the area. The group says they have really enjoyed learning more about the county’s history and all the towns that make up Phelps County. They also enjoyed creating the block patterns reflecting the county’s natural resources, beauty and interest. The chamber said be sure to stop in to see the beautiful and amazing quilts. The tourist center, located just off Interstate 44, at exit 195, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information please contact the Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center at 573-265-6649 or To learn more about the Missouri bicentennial quilt or other bicentennial events, visit