Each of the murals had a description. Some were underwritten by different groups. Lourdes Hospital, the first health provider in town run by sisters (I don't remember the order.) had a mural. So did the Boy Scouts. There were some that described the history: the local Indian tribes, settlement by the explorers and pioneers, the buildup of shipping on the river. There was even one[panel that showed harvesting of mussel shells to be used for making pearl buttons. It is worth going to Paducah just for the murals!
But the quilting museum was also a terrific stop. I wish I could have taken pictures, but they didn't permit it. They had one gallery of art quilts, one of award winners, and one of historical quilts. There also was an exhibit of quilts by Paul Pilgrim, an art teacher who later made quilts incorporating bits and pieces of historical quilts. He said he wanted to preserve what was being lost because they were never finished. So he would buy a stack of squares from one place and put them together in interesting patterns. The results were a mix of old and new.
My favorite quilt was a white Victorian all hand quilted. A flower was missing because the woman who made it was working the day of the Challenger explosion and forgot it. She decided to leave it that way as a memento of the loss. The quilt had a lace border that she made with a shuttle in the old fashioned way. That is, indeed, a lost art. The quilt was magnificent! There was another quilt honoring Tolkein. In the center was the wedding of Strider and his fairy queen with Gandalf doing the honors.
In the lobby there was a display of children's squares and I did take pictures of some of those. Here are a few to shame those of us who doubt we could do as well as the young 'uns.