Flour sacks and aprons to be featured at Marion Textile Trunk Show
Among the demonstrations to be presented Nov. 6 at the Textile Trunk Show at Marion Community Center will be programs by two women from north-central Kansas.
At 1:30 p.m., Nancy Jo Leachman of Salina will present a program titled, “History Stitched in Flour Sacks.”
According to Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman, Leachman has a talent for reading old flour sacks from Kansas and seeing the stories they tell. Valuable American history lessons are stitched into the simple pieces of cloth used to hold flour from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
Leachman’s goal is to collect a flour sack from every county in the state.
At 2:30 p.m., Susie Haver of Concordia will present a program titled, “Aprons: The Great American Cover-up.” She ties singing, story-telling, and show-and-tell into an entertaining, light-hearted apron program.
A 1999 exhibition of aprons at the Dane Hansen Museum in Logan inspired Haver to start collecting aprons. After five years of searching for aprons at church rummage sales, thrift shops, local auctions, antique shops, garage sales, and the homes of family and friends, Haver had accumulated hundreds of aprons.
The trunk show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6, will include two floors of textile treasures — quilts, aprons, weavings, knitwear, crochet, tatting, beadwork, lace needlepoint, rugs, clothing, hats, and toys.
Admission is $3. There will be a drawing for free prizes every hour for those who are present.