Hunting down an Easter egg mystery: Who is MH?

Hunting down an Easter egg mystery: Who is MH?

The Pennsylvania German tradition known as oier gritzel, or egg scratching, created colorful Easter eggs from chicken, goose or duck eggs. Each member of the family would receive a decorated egg to mark the holiday. This decorated egg is dated “April 16, 1790” and marked “MH,” most likely the initials of the person the artist …

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Crazy quilts: A patchwork of culture and memories

Crazy quilts: A patchwork of culture and memories

Crazy quilts became popular across America after the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The exposition’s Japanese Pavilion provided many Americans with their first glimpse of Japanese culture in the form of painted screens, needlework, porcelain, furniture and lacquerware that captured the nation’s imagination influencing art, opera, architecture, fashion and quilts. By the 1880s, crazy quilting, also called …

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