For Immediate Release
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Peggy Ford Waldo, Development Curator
City of Greeley Museums
Arvilla Meeker’s Sampler Restored
Members of the Arvilla Meeker Chapter of Questers recently funded the restoration of the Arvilla Smith sampler, which is on exhibit at the Meeker Home Museum, 1324 9th Avenue in Greeley. The restoration, completed by a textiles conservator in Denver, will preserve this historic artifact for future generations.
The sampler, done in cross-stitch and embroidery, was stitched by 12-year old Arvilla Smith in 1827. It represents diligence, patience, and proficiency achieved in the needle arts by young ladies who were duty-bound to sit and stitch, as “idle hands were the devil’s workshop.” Sewing skills were a necessity for most women in the 19th Century.
Arvilla Smith married Nathan Meeker, Greeley’s founder, in Ohio in 1843. The couple had five children, two boys and three girls. In 1869, Meeker founded the Union Colony, a colonization company having plans to build a utopian town in the Western United States. In 1870, the Union Colony founded the town of Greeley, CO, named for Horace Greeley, Nathan Meeker’s boss and the founder of The New York Tribune. In the summer of 1870, Nathan and Arvilla and their daughters, Rozene, Mary, and Josephine, came to Greeley from Brooklyn, NY.
Other Meeker-family objects in the two-story adobe Meeker home have been restored by the Arvilla Meeker Questers and include the re-upholstering of four pieces of parlor furniture and a clock. These were funded with a grant awarded to the Arvilla Meeker Chapter of Questers, which was established in Greeley in 1976.
The Meeker Home is open to the public one Saturday every month from 10 am – 2 pm through October.
For more information about the Meeker Home Museum, events and group tours visit www.greeleymuseums.com
or call 970-350-9220.