Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It is called an icon of housewifery and a barbecuer’s best friend. It has held practically everything from babies to hot pots to apples for baking. It is worn around the globe by people as disparate as Holocaust survivors and Joe Six-Pack.

It is the apron - and a traveling exhibit pays homage to it as Americans prepare for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Also on the horizon is National Tie One on Day, whose creator, EllynAnne Geisel, says she was inspired by her mother’s “love of Thanksgiving, as a day more than anything else of sharing and gratefulness.” Tie One On is celebrated the day before Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Geisel, an author, also is curator of the exhibit “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections,” a project managed by the Women’s Museum of Dallas, a Smithsonian affiliate. Through stories and photographs, the exhibit tells the stories of 46 persons and 200 aprons. The exhibit can be viewed in Baltimore at the Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave., through Nov. 30.

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