Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Orem Reads Activity

Activity 9: Read Old-Time Handwriting

“This note, prettily written on scented paper, was a great contrast to the next, which was scribbled on a big sheet of thin foreign paper, ornamented with blots and all manner of flourishes and curly-tailed letters.”

Chapter 16, “Letters”


Before the typewriter and computer, book manuscripts were written by hand. Try your hand at being an editor and see how well you can read old-time handwriting.

Once you’ve completed this activity, find the corresponding sticker from your sticker sheet and add it to your quilt. Email a photo of the finished quilt to by October 17 to be entered into a drawing for Little Women prizes.


American Centuries


This block pays tribute to the courage of the estimated 100,000 souls who traveled 800 miles over six weeks for freedom. According to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., contrary to popular belief, the Underground Railroad wasn’t widely established throughout the south, but largely in northern states. A runaway slave had to make it across the Mason-Dixon line before finding assistance because the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 required Northern states to return runaways to the South. The many abolitionists and sympathizers in the Northern states, especially free blacks, helped to provide food, shelter, and cover in the journey through the Northern states to Canada. Not all escaped to the North however, there were those who journeyed to Mexico and Florida.

Information from C&T Publishing

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