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The Covert Power of Fiber Arts

In this week’s post, I continue my discussion of Margaret Renkl’s article “Waking Up to History” in the New York Times. To see where this began, read last Monday’s post. Are Fiber Arts a Way to Subjugate Women? Along with being a public historian, I am a fiber artist and have been since I was a child. I learned some from my mom, who crochets extraordinary afghans, but I was also encouraged in my self-taught…

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Raise Your Voice x 2 – National Register & Explore Minnesota

The rules get written by those who show up. Two opportunities to show up and raise your voice are upon us and deadlines for input are imminent. National Register of Historic Places Proposed Rule Changes The Department of the Interior is proposing rule changes for nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places. One proposed new rule would allow those who own more land to have more say in whether their properties are placed…

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Inclusive History Is Hiding in Plain Sight

Waking Up to History An opinion piece by Margaret Renkl in the New York Times caught my attention recently. Called “Waking Up to History,” the piece explores Renkl’s experiences with learning fiber arts from her grandmothers and how she cast those experiences aside by the time she was in college because she “had internalized the message that work traditionally done by men is inherently more valuable than work traditionally done by women.” As a feminist,…

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