Use Well Your Time While in Your Prime: Samplers from the Oregon Historical Society Collection

Sampler by Mary Garrison, 1838. 749

July 21 – November 26, 2017

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For many centuries, sewing an embroidery sampler was an essential part of a young woman's education. Samplers typically featured letters, numbers, and illustrations, as well as religious or moral quotations. Samplers often became treasured pieces of family history, passed down through the generations.

This exhibit highlights some of the samplers in the OHS collection, with examples from as early as the late 1700s. Some of them were brought across the Oregon Trail, while others were made by some of the earliest pioneer families in Oregon.