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Topeka Historical Society: From feed sacks to fabric

Arlene Short will be telling the story of how homemakers years ago turned colorful, printed feed sacks into useful fabricat the Topeka Area Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, May 20. The meeting will be held in the community room of the Topeka Branch Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

These feed sacks gave rural homemakers access to beautiful fabrics that otherwise were not available. Short will also display an assortment of vintage sacks from the 1920s through 1950s, along with a variety of items made from them.

 “This will be an evening that’s sure to bring back memories for a lot of people and enlighten many others,” stated Topeka Historical Society President Harold Gingerich. “I confess that my first thought was that of burlap sacks, so I wondered why anyone would get excited about feed sacks.” But there are a great many people who still remember the day when their mother transformed these printed feed sacks into usable fabric that became dresses, tablecloths, and a variety of other items.

The Topeka Area Historical Society holds bi-monthly public meetings and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Newsletters are available online at www.topeka historicalsociety.com. The Depot Museum, located at the corner of South Main and Indiana in Topeka, is open Saturday mornings beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free.

Tuesday’s meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. For more information, call (260) 499-0126.