Church Dolls: Seen but Not Heard

No equivalent of the modern-day Sunday school occupied children attending church with their families in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Even the youngest children were expected to sit silently and respectfully alongside the grownups throughout one or more services that could last for hours. Because the children’s best behavior rarely lasted as long as […]

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The Great Depression (1929–1933) bankrupted countless people not only financially but emotionally as well. For many women, humble gingham fabric, inexpensive thread, and simple embroidery stitches combined to nourish and comfort tattered spirits. The embroidery technique that cheered them was known at the time as Depression Lace, Hoover Lace, or Hoover Star embroidery (the last […]

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