Mountain Homespun: A Facsimile of the Original, Published in by Frances Louisa Goodrich

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52 In addition to the saintly work she was doing, Goodrich's efforts were staving off competing missionaries. "53 In December 1986, the Brittain's Cove Presbyterian Church was dedicated. Built largely by contributions Goodrich had arranged in Binghamton and Cleveland, the church bore a plaque in memory of William Henry Goodrich. An Old Brown Coverlet I t was the mothers' meetings in The Library that led to Frances Goodrich's craft program. In a fictionalized description of a mothers' meeting, Goodrich's characters sew on a quilt, exchange news ("They broke up the still and took Billy off") and talk about the positive changes brought by the missionaries: "Why to go along this creek on Sundays it used to be just scandalous," said Alvira.

Old-time domestic weaving had disappeared in New England by the time of the Civil War, and as early as 1864, coverlets were being used in "historical" displays to evoke nostalgic and patriotic images of America's past. At the "Sanitary Fairs" held in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Poughkeepsie, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis to raise money for war relief work, the most popular attractions were the "Colonial Kitchens," early "living history" attractions complete with costumed spinner and coverlets on view.

Etc. He went on ranting and raving and said: "Mebbe, some of'em was in here. " INTRODUCTION I imagined the people were getting uncomfortable, they cast sidelong glances at me and were a little restless, but I looked him square in the face and tried not to show my boiling within,-it didn't hurt me, but I thought of some of the ignorant parents who might be influenced by him to take their children from school. I have not told you half-he ranted on infant baptism and when he had finished, Bellman, made brave by the warming Gunter had given us, took up the strain and shook his finger in my very face, actually not two feet from me and did all but call me Satan himself!

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