Canning: A Brief History

“Food is simply sunlight in cold storage.”  – John Harvey Kellogg As my husband brings in another wire basket full of potatoes to can, my heart sings a song of thanksgiving. Being able to safely preserve the harvest from the garden is not to be taken lightly. As the motto…

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Remembering Hobos With a Code Quilt

“I know every engineer on every train, All of their children and all of their names, And every handout in every town…..”                                                 -Ralph Miller, King of the Road No one wanted to be a hobo. But choices lessened as the Great Depression of the 1930’s deepened into a decade…

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Trail Quilts: Comforters on the Covered Wagon

“There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.”                                                                                                                                                 -Willa Cather The oxen leaned into the yoke, pushing against the wood with their sinewy strength. Under the weight of the covered wagon, the iron rimmed wheels grated against the…

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