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Category : Colonial
Date : April 17, 2013
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Credit where credit is due.

Now that the blog is live, it is time to extend some credits.  Thanks to:

Sue Gubisch for her early advice.

Round Hex for the nuts and bolts of set-up and monitoring.

Florence Altenburger for a beautifully up-to-date website since 2001.

Sharon Butler for the final nudge and encouragement to start a modern commonplace book, aka a blog.

Hats off to all of you.

Credit. Barter. Exchange.

According to Alice Morse Earle in her chapter–Colonial Neighborliness from Home Life in Colonial Days–“…there was greater interdependence with surrounding households.”  She speaks of “…every-day cooperation in log-rolling, stone-piling, stump-rolling, wall-building, house-raising, etc., —all the hard and exhausting labor of the farm.”

And, Earle continues to explain, that women and men worked together for “change-work”—chores of a smaller scale than barn-raising.  Women would visit and exchange news while making soap, apple-butter, rag carpets.  Men would often do their ‘change-work’ in the form of loading logs to be taken to the sawmill.

Who did the women of our home ‘change-work’ with?

[Alice Morse Earle, Home Life in Colonial Days, Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, New York, 1898]

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