On this day in 1890, Alice Sanger, the first female staffer, was hired at the White House to be President Benjamin Harrison’s stenographer. The women’s suffrage movement was gaining strength and this may have been the Harrison’s way of acknowledging these efforts.

Arlene Pederson Farley made this Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt between 1930 and 1949 in Monterey, California. Farley was of Swedish decent and a stenographer by trade. She taught herself to quilt when she was 35 and made the quilt as a gift for her sister. The quilt was documented as part of the Minnesota Quilt Project.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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