Friday, June 23, 2017

Shipshewana Quilt Show

Howe, Indiana              High 74 Low 58

We had our night and morning rain again. By 11:00 the rain stopped but it stayed cloudy until this evening.

We got a few more pictures of some of the old buildings in the area.

This is the club house for a golf course we drove past.

We went to the Quilt Show in Shipshewana. The Event Center is attached to the Hudson Museum and admission to the Quilt Show also got us into the Museum.
There were a lot of really nice quilts in the show. A few we saw in the Salt Lake Show. When we got there the parking lot was full and when we left it was only half full but more about that later.

This quilt won best in show.

We looked at some of the venders first then went into see the quilts. My favorite was a large embroidery quilt. It didn’t win a prize though.
My personal favorite.
We went in to see the Hudson’s that had a lot of old quilts on them. We sow one that the sign said was sewn in the 1800s. One that Cindy didn’t get picture of was quite worn and was about 150 years old.

 It was in good condition for such an old quilt.

Remember that Truman won!

 I'm glad I wasn't the one counting triangles.

We found one quilt that was made from silk pictures that came packaged with cigarettes. They were included until the First World War, then they lost favor.

It was also interesting to see the old Hudson’s. The front of the Museum had the older ones then worked up until they were no longer produced. The first ones had right hand drive and one 1925 was also right hand drive.

When we got ready to leave, the only road into the parking lot was block by a bus that had turned too soon and got hung up on some rocks so everyone had to drive across the grass to get out. The grass was getting pretty torn up because it was so wet from all the rain.
I guess the driver forgot how long the bus was.
We enjoyed seeing all the quilts and the cars.

Thanks for visiting. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Another Museum

Howe, Indiana           High 84 Low 70

It was a lot warmer today than it has been but we got rained on (big surprise). More rain is predicted for tonight.

We did a little more sightseeing and got a few more pictures of the area.

We went to the Menno-Hoff Museum. It told the story of how the Amish and Mennonites and Hutterites got started and how they came to the US and Canada.

 The tool (?) below was used to catch fleeing anabaptists that were then tortured and killed. The early persecution led to their moving to North America.
 All three groups are called anabaptist because they do not believe in baptism of babies but feel that the individual should be able to decide for themselves.

 What one of the boats that brought them here looked like in the sleeping quarters.

The Amish don’t believe in too many modern conveniences no electricity in their homes, any tractors or cars, but make extensive use of horses. They believe in dressing modestly and the married men do not shave their beards. We were told that 75% of the Amish stayed faithful to their religion.
 Everything but the hats are hand made. We have been told that the Amish women believe that no-one on earth is perfect and they deliberately leave flaws in any quilts they make.
The Mennonites are more modern: they drive cars, use electricity, and still dress modestly. They dress more modern than the Amish and shave their beards. The women wear a small black hair net rather than the white cap the Amish women wear. 

The Hutterites believe in modern farming methods and still live the communal life: all property owned by the whole community, community meals and schools are their way of life.

There are some differences but their basic religious beliefs are the same.
Borrowed from Greg White.

The Museum is set up so that we went through each part of their beliefs in approximately the correct time line. We thought it was a very well put together tour and we enjoyed our tour guide.

Thanks for visiting.