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Bone Awl from the Thompson Site, 14RC9

Bone Awl from the Thompson Site, 14RC9
Date: 1500-1800 CE
This awl was recovered during excavations at the 1986 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Thompson site in Rice County. Awls were used as a perforating tool in soft materials, like hides, and possibly in basket and pottery manufacture. The site, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village occupied during the Late Ceramic Period.


Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie

Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie
Creator: Kansas. Emergency Relief Commission
Date: 1936
This motion picture film documents the various work projects completed in Kansas during President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. It begins with an introduction to the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee personnel, starting with the executive director, John G. Stutz. It then shows the various projects across the state, including the construction of farm ponds and lakes as part of the Water Conservation Program, the renovation and construction of courthouses, schools, libraries, and other public buildings, and the weaving and sewing rooms that produced clothing for needy Kansans. It also includes footage of rabbit drives, dust storms, and women sweeping piles of dust out of their homes. Click on the thumbnails below to play each clip. Click on Text Version for a detailed description of each chapter.


Weaving, Topeka, Kansas

Weaving, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
A view of several women seated at looms weaving in Topeka, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration's domestic science and foods project.


Weaving demonstration, Chanute, Kansas

Weaving demonstration, Chanute, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
An African American woman seated at a loom demonstrating weaving in Chanute, Kansas, as part of the Works Progress Administration's domestic science and foods project.


Women winding yarn, Topeka, Kansas

Women winding yarn, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Women winding yarn into balls, Topeka, Kansas. The women participated in a Works Progress Administration domestic science and foods project. Weaving looms are visible in the photograph.


Woven fabrics display

Woven fabrics display
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Samples of woven fabrics and a blanket made by workers in the Works Progress Administration's crafts program.


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