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Hattie Bertha (Sanderson) Wilder at her loom, Buckland, Mass., 1957
TitleHattie Bertha (Sanderson) Wilder at her loom, Buckland, Mass., 1957
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SubjectWilder, Hattie Bertha, (1867-1958); Buckland (Mass.); Weaving; Weaving-Patterns; Handlooms; Looms; Lunenburg (Mass.)
DescriptionHattie Bertha (Sanderson) Wilder on her 90th birthday in Buckland, Mass. The curtains in the window are hand woven. Mrs. Wilder is shown weaving at her loom as her faithful Border Collie looks on. Aunt Bertha, as she was known to most of her Upper Buckland neighbors, was born in Lunenburg, Mass. on 8 May 1867 to Albert and Harriet E. (Cook) Sanderson. Bertha married Edmund G. Wilder on 27 Nov 1901, son of Charles and Harriet E (Hartwell) Wilder. Edmund and Bertha made their home at the Wilder Homestead in Buckland. After Edmund's death, Bertha's niece, Eleanor Clark, came to live with Bertha. Both women found they loved weaving cloth by hand on the old looms found at the Wilder Homestead. Together they started a group called The Buckland Weavers, which met regularly in two rooms in the Buckland Post Office building on Upper Street that Miss Clark owned. Bertha and Eleanor gave lessons on setting up looms and designing patterns to weave into cloth. Bertha and Eleanor both died in 1958.
SourcePart of the Wilder Homestead Collection
RelationFrom the collections of the Buckland Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 88, Buckland, MA, 01338,
Coverage42.60 N, 72.77 W
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