Apron exhibit at 1840 Farley House

By on December 2, 2011

Christmas in Kaneville
The apron display is part of Christmas in Kaneville, also 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which features a cookie walk at KUMC & KCCC raffle, crafters at the community center and crafts and music at the library. Santa will be at the firebarn and there’ll be customer appreciation at the Old Second Bank and Hill’s Country Store. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available around town during the event.

by Sandy Kaczmarski
KANEVILLE—Not long ago, aprons were an everyday part of a woman’s apparel as she worked in the kitchen. It’s main purpose was to protect the dress she wore, since she didn’t have too many, and it was easier to wash.

An apron had a variety of uses: as a potholder for hot pans; for wiping off children’s faces; for carrying eggs, vegetables, baby chicks and wood for the stove. It was used as a quick dusting cloth and to be waved in the wind to flag down the men when it was suppertime.

The Kaneville Township Historical Society will exhibit a variety of aprons on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 1840 Farley House on Lovell Street, just across from the fire barn.

“We found several articles in magazines talking about aprons, and it was something to do that’s different,” Lynette Werdin of the Historical Society said of the exhibit.

She said an apron display seemed appropriate for this time of year with the cooking associated with the holidays.

“We decided with cooking and Christmas, we would do an apron display because we knew that some of us had a fancy apron or two lying around from our grandmother,” Werdin said.

She expects to have about 75 or more aprons on display, including “some really old ones and some fancy things you wouldn’t wear for any reason.”

Werdin said she has some aprons that were only worn in the garden.

“That’s where you’d put your tools and seeds, in the pockets of the apron,” she said.

The event is free and there will be small gifts for children. For more information, call (630) 557-2202.