What if you were a pioneer and you needed a cup of sugar or a nice piece of fabric for something really important? What if you had absolutely no money to buy it? You might think of offering to do some chores as payment. Or, you might trade something you had that someone else did not. Without money, barter and trade are essential tools in providing for your needs.
When we consider our pioneer ancestors, we think of their hardships and how they managed to build a home and a life with hard work, determination, and very few personal possessions. But we sometimes forget that—like busy people today—they also liked to have fun and they appreciated things that were beautiful as well as useful. Our pioneer ancestors valued art, music, and skilled crafts.
On November 17 the McQuarrie Memorial Museum will present the History of Trade Beads and Beadwork. The guest presenter is Marcia Johnson, an artist, educator, and historian. Ms. Johnson has studied and created art in some form or another for the past 60 years, using various textiles, fabrics, and beads. She’ll help foster understanding of the love and value of beads. Her creations include much-loved items from the 1800s, including costumes, household goods, and jewelry.