Our president Jenny Ross opened the meeting with a few announcements. If you want to attend the Margriet Hogue workshops in June, you must register by the end of April. Registration has started for the September Ellen Chester workshops so you can also sign up for those.
Jenny presented our program “Family Needlework and Genealogy”. She has a sampler that was in a steamer trunk that her mother inherited in the early 1970’s. Fortunately, the sampler had a name and date, Cyntha May, 1836. Jenny told us how she researched the young girl who stitched the sampler, where she lived and how they were related.
The format of the sampler, the symbols, alphabets and type of stitches all provided clues. She recommended that you search for similar samplers and contact historians who have written about them or the museums that own the samplers. They will be very happy to hear from you! Jenny showed many other family items including photos, books, and lace made by family members. If you were unable to attend Jenny’s presentation and you are a member of LMSG, her handout is available on the members section of our website.