New Program Teaches History Through Neb. Quilter

Courtesy UNL

Courtesy UNL

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new multimedia program is teaching pioneer history through the life of Grace Snyder, a nationally known quilter from Nebraska.

The “Tiny Stitches, Big Life” program uses Snyder’s quilts and life experiences to bring pioneer life to Nebraska elementary school students. It’s part of a larger project, “Stories of Nebraska Quilters.” Organizers plan to develop additional material about other Nebraskans who are remembered through their quilts.

Snyder was born in 1882, reared in a sod house in Custer County and married a Sandhills cowboy and rancher. She recounted her pioneer life in the 1963 book, “No Time on My Hands,” as told to her daughter, author Nellie Snyder Yost.

The program was developed by NET Learning Services, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska State Historical Society.