Marie Webster was a leader of the quilt revival of the early 20th century. She wrote the first book of quilt history, Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them, published in 1915, and was known world-wide for her innovative applique quilt designs, which appeared in leading magazines like the Ladies Home Journal. A pioneering woman entrepreneur, Marie Webster conducted a thriving mail-order quilt pattern business from her home in Marion between 1911 and 1942. Marie Webster's house has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, the highest honor bestowed by the National Park Service on America's most treasured historic and cultural resources.
The significance of the house was officially recognized in 1992 when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has also been designated a Landmark of Women's History and declared a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, the only one which honors a quilt maker!