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Donation of the Month

Help One Another Club Quilt
Donor: Richard Bland & Janie Johnson
Of all the skills associated with women, sewing has been most common.  Besides being a skill of crucial domestic importance as quilts were needed to keep warm; sewing also encouraged creativity.  While some women created quilts quietly at home, many women gathered together and worked together to create one quilt.  Called quilting bees these gatherings allowed for social interactions through conversation, food and play at the end of the work.  In many cases the quilting bees were by invitation only and getting invited to one meant acceptance into the community.
Beginning in the 1840s a premium was placed on emotion and sentiment as part of a woman’s growth and character.  One way to nurture this was by women gathering to share experiences and engage in mutual supportive roles.  This era saw the rise of what are now known as friendship quilts.  Friendship quilts come in various types from those with a very specific pattern to those more creative and free in their workings.  One type of friendship quilt is the album quilt.  These quilts worked like autograph books, allowing those working on the quilt to write their name within their block or for one to gather the names of their friends to keep as a memento. 
Most friendship quilts were created to show the skills and personalities of a group.  Sometimes they allowed the women to express their political or social views, but most often they were created to mark a special occasion.  This friendship quilt was made by the Help One Another Club.  The club was founded by Elsie Allred Bland.  The 35 blocks were sewn at the club’s monthly meetings.  In order to create a uniform quilt she provided the square blocks of high-grade muslin.  Everyone in the group is represented even if they did not quilt.  This means Elsie did 8 blocks herself which included one for her mother, mother-in-law and sister.
Working together made light work of the long process of making a quilt.  Each sewer’s skill helped create a masterpiece of creativity and beauty.  Today, quilting bees are harder to find; but there are plenty of women out there still creating quilts of all types.


More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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