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.