Saturday, March 29, 2014

Orphan Train

I recently read the book entitled, "The Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. This book is based on the historical event where under the welfare program over 250,000 children were relocated to foster homes in the Midwest between 1853 and 1929. Many came from eastern cities like New York due to overcrowded situations. This book takes a look at present day foster situation and compares it to the orphan trains. Molly, a Penobscot Indian will soon turn 18 and leave the foster care system.  She meets Vivian an Irish immigrant who was an orphan train survivor and both orphans review their experience when they work together on cleaning out Vivian's attic. In this process they eventually free themselves from what memories haunt their past.

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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