Mapping Pennsylvania history, one stitch at a time

Mapping Pennsylvania history, one stitch at a time

Only three 19th century samplers depicting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are believed to still exist and, of those, two are the work of a young Pennsylvania public school girl named Elizabeth Leoser. One of her works was purchased by the State Museum of Pennsylvania in 1989. CAP Curator Amy Frey selected this artifact as this week’s …

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Friendship quilts: One historic way to keep loved ones stitched together

Friendship quilts: One historic way to keep loved ones stitched together

These quilt blocks were constructed from patterns traced onto an 1854 newspaper and cut by the friends of a young woman named Sally Jane Vanartsdalen, sometime before her marriage in the 1860s. Sally Jane grew up on Playwicky Farm in Bucks County, and her quilt blocks were donated in 1970 by a member of the …

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