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Quilts of the Oregon Trail by Mary Bywater Cross is a wonderful resource for quilt enthusiasts, descendants, educators and historians alike. This book features 56 quilts made before, during and after the journey west as well as information about the women in their communities. Each quilt is shown in full color, with vintage photos of the makers as well as a description of the quilt and the maker's family.


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Cover  Quilts of the Oregon Trail

Quilts Of The Oregon Trail

Author: Mary Bywater Cross
Pages: 184
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4HG0778
Weight: 2.2 lb

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Between 1840 and 1870, thousands of women arrived in the Pacific Northwest by way of the Oregon Trail. The migration was a life-changing experience, consuming the longest time and widest distance these women would travel to establish homes and farms and help build communities for themselves and their families. This fascinating book presents quilts as documents of history to discover the women and their life stories.

The book features 56 quilts made before, during, and after the journey west, as well as new information about the role of women in their communities. Each quilt is shown in full color, and along with vintage photos of the makers plus information describing the quilt and the maker's family. Multiple appendices relate trail conditions, an analysis of the quilts, letters and narration's of the Trail experience and available resource locations.

About the Author

Mary Bywater Cross is a quilt historian with a specialized interest in Western women's history. Her research is supported by on-site visits to the areas where these women traveled, lived and worked. She has pieced together the story of nineteenth-century women's lives through the cloth records they created before, during, and after their journeys over the western migration trails. She has been fascinated by these documents from the mid-1880s, produced as the country "westered," as it was settled and as the lives of women evolved. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

 
Introduction 5
Preface 9
Part One: 1840 to 185013
Part Two: 1851 to 1855 13
Part Three: 1856 to 1870100
Part Four: Those Who Wait128
Postscript 142
Appendix A: Analysis of These Treasures 152
Appendix B: Triumphs and Tragedies: Letter of Experience157
Appendix C: Connecting the Treasures to Their Communities166
Appendix D: Research Data170
Endnotes 174
Glossary 178
Bibliography 179
Acknowledgments 182
Index183

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