Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sampling History at the More House

By: Kajsa Sabatke, Interpretive Projects Coordinator Mary More was the youngest child of Jonas and Deborah More; she grew up in the house that once stood in Roxbury, New York, and is now part of the museum. According to her family, Mary – nicknamed Polly in her youth – had a personality that combined the “jovial, fun-loving and happy disposition of her father, and the deep, earnest piety of her mother.” When Mary was 13 years old, she completed a sampler that showcased her needlework skills. Her sampler is one of the few family items in the museum’s collection. In order to better preserve the sampler, we store it in a climate-controlled storage area instead of the More House. I will study the sampler and create a pattern of it over the winter. We will use the pattern to make our own reproduction sampler for the More House, so visitors can see it in the same house where Mary first made her sampler 180 years ago. Along the way, I hope to learn more about samplers and try my own hand at the kind of needlework that Mary had already mastered by age 13. Stay tuned for more updates on this project! Sampler, 1829. By Mary More, The Farmers' Museum Collection, Gift of Jean More Porter. F0005.2000

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