Museum to explore the history of hankies
SYCAMORE – A handkerchief, while a simple item, has a very long and interesting history. Handkerchiefs have been used for more than 400 years – from kings, queens and lords, to the blushing bride on her wedding day. Elaine Goodwin will share her knowledge about handkerchiefs and display her personal favorites during the Sycamore History Museum’s May 2 Brown Bag lunch program.
Goodwin read a book about the history of handkerchiefs, which led her to search her house to see what she might discover. She found several, and so did her daughter. She was intrigued by the family stories connected to many of these handkerchiefs. Thus, her collection and knowledge grew.
“We were interested in this program for a couple of reasons. First, our current exhibit talks about ‘Play,’ which includes what people do in their leisure time. Collecting is a very popular activity,” museum executive director Michelle Donahoe said.
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