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HOOKED ON RUGS – Back by popular demand!


2:30 p.m. Victorian Parlor

P1150831“Loose Noodles,” a group of Harrisburg area women, returns by popular demand to the mansion’s exuberant Victorian parlor to exhibit their latest work and demonstrate the early American art of rughooking. These women are so enthusiastic about their craft that they look forward to sharing their knowledge with you.

According to some historians, rug hooking in the United States started in the mid-nineteenth century, although artifacts found in Africa show it to be much older. It was very popular in the New England states and the Maritime provinces of Canada. Like many crafts it was started out of sheer necessity. The rugs were used on floors in the summer and on beds in the winter. The first rugs were made out of any scrap material that could be found, including worn clothing and old discarded wool blankets. The base of the rug was made from the burlap sacks that the livestock feed came in.

Later, people began selling hand-hooked rugs, and cottage industries eventually sprang up across the continent.  By the 1940s, rug hooking had become a well-established hobby in the United States and Canada. Hand-hooked rugs can be found in art galleries and museums throughout the world.

Admission by donation. Members of the Historical Society are admitted free. 

Tours of the mansion are available at 1:00 p.m. at a reduced ticket price. Admission to the program and exhibit “Uncle Sam Calls: Dauphin County in World War I” is included with ticket price.

The Alexander Research library is open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.