Item description for The Tenney Quilt: Celebrating the Women of Minnesota's Tiniest Town by Heidi Haagenson...
The Tenney Quilt is a tender and enlightening rendering of small-town life of the 1928 Midwestern woman. Haagenson pieces together this deeply personal account of the men and women of Tenney around an heirloom quilt with a history of its own. In 1928, Tenney's Town Hall sought funds for a cook stove in order to accommodate the social events and gathering of the town's residents. Several women initiated a project to raise the money: a signature quilt would be made, ten cents collected for each signature and piece of quilt added to the whole. What ensued was a gathering together of 530 people, their lives, their values, and a preservation of these documented in a hand-crafted chronicle of Tenney history. Haagenson uses the quilt to highlight the disparate lives of German, Scottish, and Norwegian immigrants working as school teachers, storekeepers, homemakers, nurses, factory workers, and seamstresses and how they come together to share their time and talents for their community. Chapter by chapter, thoughtful commentary on the limitations placed on these women due to time and place is interspersed between accounts of the women's honest and willful commitment to their families and each other. Schoolyard reminiscings, familiar rituals of church socials, and exciting historical "firsts" offer light to the hardships of daily life in home and vocation. The Tenney Quilt is a warm and engaging read, a snapshot of the smallest Minnesota town illustrating both where we have come from and how far we have come.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2007
Publisher Mill City Press, Inc.
ISBN 1934248673 ISBN13 9781934248676
Availability 135 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 22, 2016 01:28.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Tenney Quilt: Celebrating the Women of Minnesota's Tiniest Town?
The Tenney Quilt; A Perspective Jun 16, 2008
This is a remarkable look at life in a once thriving community. The introduction will put the reader on the now crumbling sidewalks of Tenney, while listening to the creaking doors on dilapidated structures swinging to and fro on rusty brackets where once there was life and laughter.
Because the book profiles women's lives, it projects a feminine point of view of life in the 20's and 30's. These are strong, able women who had hard lives, but found time to improve the community both socially and financially.
Some of the stories will make the reader sad; others will bring forth tears and joy for these very special women (as well as the men) who lived and worked to keep the town alive and well.
This is a book for both young and old alike; especially if the reader once lived in a small town. I enjoyed every page and wished it had been longer. Lets hope this author writes many more books about the vanishing of our once small but thriving towns.
Never forget Nov 26, 2007
Heidi Haagenson gives us a heart-tugging remembrance of rural, small-town America, as she tells about those amazing women who signed the Tenney quilt in 1928. Tough, hardy, determined people who we never want to forget and who live on reminding us of our own parents and grandparents as they conquered illness, death, and the hardships of depression and war years. Truly a triumph of memories and people who cared about eachother.