Thursday, April 26, 2012

Annual Volunteer Tea and Training

This afternoon docents of the South Sebastian Historical Society attended the annual Volunteer Tea and Training. Following an orientation by Curator Donna Goldstein and Volunteer Coordinator Paula Resch and an opportunity to visit over punch and cookies, Fire Chief Stewart Bryan presented information on museum fire safety. A special thanks to the volunteers who gave of their time to attend and to our hostesses who prepared and served the refreshments.

We pause to recall and express thanks for the many contributions of long-time volunteer coordinator Jane Stewart Ware, who passed from this life on April 22.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Vroom, Vroom!

Lots of folks at the Square today for the vintage car show and forty + stopped by to tour the Museum. Thanks to all who came. We love to share South Sebastian County history. :)

Official first day of operation will be May 2 when busloads of school children begin their annual visits.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kay Voss Discusses Quilt History

Kay Voss, the beauty and brains behind Mama's Log House Quilt Shop, entertained the members of the South Sebastian County Historical Society at Monday evening's meeting. Kay gave a brief history of quilting in America and displayed and discussed an array of vintage quilts, some of which are pictured below. Of great interest to the group were the Civil War era quilts- the cream colored Broidery Purse quilt (circa 1840) from Philadelphia featuring floral appliques and the black multicolored silk quilt from the same era made on the eastern seaboard. Also pictured are a pink and white cotton sateen quilt made in the 1920s by Nancy Orr or Ash Grove. President Ruth McConnell and Vice President Glenda Cox Wallace displayed vintage quilts made by family members.

Kay shared a few little known facts about quilts:

  • Fewer quilts were made in the 1950s than at any other time in American history.

  • Quilting resumed with the celebration of the Bicentennial in 1976.

  • Popular quilting patterns were printed in the Kansas City Star.

Martha Beshears of Epsilon Sigma Alpha joined Kay in leading a discussion regarding the upcoming Airing of the Quilts quilt show. SSCHS Members were pleased to learn that popular local quilter Jeannie Evans will present a special display of miniature quilts at the show.

We hope you'll join us there.

Saturday, May 19, 9AM-5PM Sunday, May 20, 12PM-4PM

Historic Rock Gym

Greenwood, AR
Tickets are $5 and are available at the door

Call (479) 928-1600 or (479) 883-0254 for more information

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Activities on the Grounds

SSCHS volunteers have been busy this spring planting and painting, cleaning and sweeping.

Emily sits beside the washpot she planted with verbena and placed near the entrance to the Redwine Pioneer School. Roy, Tom and Joel are shown here with the sign they refurbished. SSCHS couldn't function without our wonderful volunteers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Quilts on the Line, Trowels in the Dirt

Here at the Museum we're gearing up for the third annual "Airing of the Quilts." The event has grown. This year we're showing beautiful quilts in two venues- Greenwood's historic Rock Gym and the adjacent volleyball building. Plenty of room for quilts and more quilts- and vendors! The Historic Society will have a booth in the vendors hall selling vintage linens and sewing notions. We had so much fun packaging the offerings. We think you'll love our goodies.

So mark your calendars now. Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. A great Mother's Day gift!

On the gardening front...Things are taking shape, thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Emily and Red are landscaping the front beds. Woodland ferns have been planted, irises relocated, voilets transplanted. Sue has been busy with the west pocket garden and Joel and Donna have gussied up the beds beside the cabin gate. The water lines are installed. Time now to think about seasonal color. "Spring is busting out all over!"

If you'd like to help, volunteers are always welcome. Drop us a note.