Monday, June 19, 2017

AAUW, part II: history at HQ

AAUW moved into a new headquarters last summer. The preconference for state program vice presidents was held there. I took photos of some of the historical displays, though I forgot to take pictures of the actual office and conference areas.  (Take my word for it: they are light and airy and spacious.)
 In the early years this trunk served as the office for the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (predecessor of AAUW).

 Convention memorabilia.

1929 -- post-convention cruise
 1981 Centennial

This year's convention was digitally recorded.
(Here is an example.)

This is an analog recording, aka a record!, from 1945.

 Silver medal awarded for "charts, statistics, and photographs illustrating the higher education of  women."

Pres. Coolidge was front and center in 1929.  Look at the hats! 
And note the absence of security personnel. 

 Marion Talbot, in the center, was AAUW's founder.

The letters from the old headquarters, now installed inside in the new HQ. 

Weekly update: part II -- museums and meet ups

I was able to squeeze in a little sight-seeing while I was in Washington. I first visited the National Museum of Women in the Arts   in 1991 and have returned several times.

These wonderful paintings by Polly Apfelbaum look like quilts!   

I spent Saturday afternoon at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. An exhibit about treaties was instructive.

Two points of view for each treaty.

Another exhibit featured the Inka Road, 24000 miles along the western edge of South America, built without wheels or any machinery.             Inka textile fragment, 1475-1532. See the Variable Stars?              
 Dancers performing in the atrium.

Noisy shoes! (I didn't get the details about this tribe or its traditions.)

I took Metro to the end of the line where RCTQ/Baseball Swap friend Kathleen met me.   Kathleen and I went out to dinner with Nancy, another RCTQ/BBS friend (they live about 30 miles away from one another).  It was grand to meet both in person for the first time, after all these years of email correspondence and Facebook posts.  I spent the night at Kathleen's house and she took me to the airport on Sunday morning.

The flight home was uneventful.  I pulled into the driveway just after 1 p.m., happy to see my husband and catch up on news at home.  Next up:  the ALA Annual Conference!

Weekly update: AAUW National Convention -- part 1

I had a grand time at the AAUW National Convention in Washington, DC.

The preconference, workshop, and round table discussion that my committee* presented were all well received.

(*Branch Program Resources)  

Judy Woodruff was the keynote speaker at the opening banquet Wednesday. "It's been an interesting 4-1/2 months for those of us in the news business," she said with understatement.

We lobbied for Title IX and federal student aid. The 50-member Illinois delegation met with an aide to Sen. Durbin and in person with Sen. Duckworth.  The two of us from IL Dist. 10 met with an aide to Rep. Brad Schneider.  

Sen. Duckworth is the first Asian-American senator from Illinois. She deployed to Iraq as a pilot in the Army Reserve. She lost both legs  when her helicopter crashed.

Pollsters Celinda Lake and Linda DiVall broadened our understanding of the importance of women in politics and the work they do (one Democrat, one Republican) to gauge opinion and advise campaigns.

Dr. Tererai Trent was a 2001-02 AAUW International Fellow. She was honored with the 2017 Alumnae Recognition Award.  I got a copy of her autobiographical picture book, "The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can." She did exactly that as a child in rural Zimbabwe. Now she teaches at the Drexel University School of Public Health.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the 2017 AAUW Achievement recipient. WOW!  She walked around the banquet room shaking hands and hugging, talking the whole time.

The Secret Service agents were not far away.

Laura Dunn (r.) is executive director of SurvJustice Inc., a nonprofit to advocate for survivors of sexual violence. She received the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund award.

(contributed photo)

Alpha Gam sister Pat, a friend from Fargo days

This was the seventh national convention I've attended. (1997, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017).

I saw long-time friends and met many new people.

Almost as many badge ribbons as ALA! 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Weekly update: batik jewels

The Batik Jewel Box project is now a flimsy.  I had to get more light batik for the outer border, but that was all I purchased.  The flimsy is 72 x 82 and used 5 yards.

I'm about halfway through quilting Path Through the Forest.  (You can see the flimsy in this post.)
The backing is a madras plaid that I got when I lived in Fargo. (A friend of a friend had been a semi-professional dressmaker. She sold her fashion fabric supply when her eyesight deteriorated. She asked for a fair donation that was up to the buyer.)

I leave Tuesday morning for the AAUW national convention in Washington. Home Sunday afternoon.

More volunteers in the garden--flowers I did not plant.  I took the photo of the Japanese iris early in the week. (They've since faded.)

I'm not sure what the pink flower is.

 Some non-volunteers.  I love peonies!

We got the white ones at a house sale eight or nine years ago -- a garbage bag of  roots for $20. They've done well!

The pink ones came with the house.

Monday linkups:
 Monday Making
 Oh, Scrap!
 Main Crush Monday
 Design Wall Monday

Friday, June 9, 2017

Estate Sale!

I've never met Mary N. She's 89 and lives in one of the area retirement homes -- until recently in an   apartment and now in assisted living.  Mary never married and lived with her parents. She stayed in the house after they died. She worked at Abbott Laboratories and was active in her church. She traveled extensively (especially with her friends Jean S. and Ione, both of whom I've met (Jean is deceased)).

She deeded her house and its contents to the church. In Zion that means Christ Community Church, the legacy church of the Christian Catholic Church on which the City of Zion was founded.  The house was one of the original Zion houses, built in 1904.  Mary's parents were the second owners (late 1930's).

I learned about Mary when I went to the estate sale the church is holding this weekend.  What great stuff!

Here's what I did NOT buy:  Vintage clothing in beautiful condition.

I asked if there was any historical material about Zion that the library could have. Yes, indeed, and Chris, the cashier, gave it to me. Here's the array, back at the library. (Chris already knew that the library will take left over books.)

Here's what I bought.

A heavy cotton floral table cloth (no stains).
A card-table sized Colorado souvenir cloth, never used.  ($10 and $6.)

 Hankies, unused. Note the coordinating set in the upper left.  The boxed group on the right are Irish linen.  ($12 for all.)
 Dress patterns from the 40's to the 60's. Some were never used. (Such is the fate of so many patterns!)   ($8 for all of them.)
This one is unprinted. Different shapes of punches tell where to match the pieces.

The big three pattern companies advertised that theirs were printed. Note the McCall's instructions--"the pattern with the printed cutting line."

(I'm going to give most of these to my niece who loves retro stuff, especially from the 1940's.)

Two sample packets of powdered starch (with the starch).

 This is an oak Singer puzzle box for attachments.   The inside is pretty dusty. There was a plastic bag with more attachments that I declined -- too fiddly to figure out what was what and some were rusty.  This was just $5.  (I paid much, much more than that for the first one I bought, 20+ years ago, because I thought I'd never see one again. I was mistaken. I've seen many, for a range of prices, with a varying quantity of attachments.)  [ This post will tell you a lot more about puzzle boxes.]

Do you remember these?  Mary saved them for years!   (38 at $1 each.)
Thanks to Google I found the history on this website  The Disabled American Veterans(DAV) purchased  The Ident-o-tag company in 1941. License plate keychain tags were used since 1938. The New York based "Lost Key Services" was among the first.There were other advertising tags used too, but you had to order the tags. The DAV was able to get the various state motor vehicle departments to co-operate with them and give them the mailing lists of the people who registered their cars. The DAV mailed tags with your license plate number on them and asked for a donation. The premise was that if you lost your keys, the finder would drop them into a mail box, and the DAV would return them to you. The program continued from 1941 through 1975, and was ended because of a "right to privacy" rule.

I carried my purchases home in this shopping bag which is an artifact in its own right.  (Macy's took over Field's in 2005.)

Now I need to go to Rolling Hills to meet Mary and thank her for her "custody" of all these wonderful treasures.