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Flour Sack Fabrics

Display at Englewood Textile Museum One of the vignettes at the Textile Museum in Englewood, Tennessee includes this quote, “I washed five feed sacks and made me a bedspread.”  The museum offers gorgeous examples of homemade quilts, coverlets and clothing. Particularly during the Great Depression, resourceful folks could make whatever they needed from simple means stitched […]

Continue Reading By on November 2, 2011 in antique, Great Depression, sewing, textiles, with our own hands

Textile Town Preserves Heritage after Lost Jobs

Volunteer Cristoba Carter with Books about Englewood History “I’m just a volunteer,” apologized Cristoba Carter, when I inquired about the tiny museum and adjacent antique store.  She and a friend were spending the day hosting visitors like me who might happen to pop into downtown Englewood, in rural Southeast Tennessee.  Turns out, everybody’s a volunteer, […]

Continue Reading By on November 1, 2011 in sewing, textiles, with our own hands

West Tennessee Museum Promotes Delta Heritage

Freshwater fish, cotton and a bit of music history greet you at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.  You have to exit Interstate 40 and stay a while in tiny Brownsville, Tennessee to appreciate what this place has to offer.  The brightly lit, clean facility hosts what it calls three separate museums, each highlighting a […]

Continue Reading By on August 19, 2011 in agriculture, cotton, heritage, Mississippi Delta

Storytelling in Summer

International Storytelling Center Maybe you’ve heard of the famous National Storytelling Festival in the Southern Appalachians each October.  Even in the warm summer months, the oldest town in Tennessee invites you to experience life through storytelling. Jonesborough boasts of being lawyer Andrew Jackson’s home long before he became President.  Historical markers, bed and breakfasts and […]

Continue Reading By on June 11, 2011 in family, historic, storytelling

Appalachian Heritage on Display at Heritage Day

Fall Student Heritage Day offered several opportunities to sample the culture at the Museum of Appalachia this October.  Two resident mules took turns doing the heavy work of squeezing juice out of sorghum cane.  Then, Mark Guenther and his crew from Muddy Pond Sorghum (Monterey, Tennessee) showed how the cooking process turns the juice into thick, sweet sorghum syrup.

Continue Reading By on October 16, 2010 in Appalachia, historic, with our own hands