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Throwback Thursday Photo: Jo Ann Grimes and Her Toy Sewing Machine

Jo Ann Grimes with toy sewing machine, 1929 (RG5385.PH000029-000065)


Young Jo Ann Grimes poses with a toy sewing machine in Sterling, Nebraska in 1929.  Some children learned machine-sewing skills by playing with working toy sewing machines before graduating to the full-size versions.

Several toy sewing machines are now on display at the Nebraska History Museum in a new exhibit. Color Quest: Exploring Nebraska’s Colorful Quilts opens today.

Combining history and whimsy, Color Quest visitors will learn about color theory and Nebraska history, while enjoying a variety of hands-on activities. This family-friendly exhibit incorporates multiple interactives including puzzles, a stitching activity, and a quilt tying activity. Follow colorful windmill graphics around the gallery for an engaging tour of the exhibit. When you need a break, take a seat on one of the enormous spools of thread.

Color Quest runs through January 5, 2019.

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