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Collecting memories, artifacts and more

TRR photo by Sandy Long Laura Moran is coordinating a new living history project focused on celebrating the contributions of the cherished women in our lives.

May 12, 2011

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — With the recent celebration of Mother’s Day still lingering in our memories, a unique project that recognizes the many contributions made by beloved women in the region is underway. “Apron Strings” is a living history project sponsored by the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL).

Coordinator Laura Moran invites the Upper Delaware community to show and share memories of any female family member or mentor—whether alive or no longer with us—who helped to make them who they are today.

Beyond the many achievements accomplished by women every day, the project seeks to highlight the daily domestic activities women perform at home, those that are often taken for granted but executed with great expertise, love and care.

The project will also focus on the industriousness of women, including somewhat non-traditional activities such as hunting and the tools women depend on for those tasks.

Moran stressed the importance of capturing such memories and associated mementos. “It’s ephemeral,” she said. “There’s so much we take for granted that happens every day—those expressions of love and care that celebrate the quieter aspects of our lives. It’s nice to see our collective story, how we’re all linked.”

To participate in Apron Strings

WSPL is seeking submissions of at least two of the following items:

• A handwritten memory of that special woman in an apron or wearing the specific work clothes she typically donned while performing a certain activity. Describe that activity, along with the ways she made it special. What did it mean to her to wear those work clothes; where did she wear them; what did they look like; did she make them and what do you remember her doing while she was wearing them?

• An old letter from the woman in which she relates something about her household.

• A photograph of the woman—preferably in her apron or other work clothes.

• An article of work clothing belonging to her that can be displayed alongside the memory or letter. Tools or other work materials can be included in the pockets.

Submissions will be accepted until May 31, after which the collection will be displayed throughout June in various Jeffersonville, NY shop windows. Additional displays in Narrowsburg, NY and Callicoon, NY will be announced. Label each item with your name and address, then bag all items together and leave for Moran at: Jeffersonville Library Branch, 19 Center St, Jeffersonville; the Callicoon Library Branch, 45 Lower Main St, Callicoon; and the Narrowsburg Library Branch, 198 Bridge St., Narrowsburg. All items will be returned.