Bill learn about samplers -- a fascinating record left by women two centuries ago.

From Bill's blog:

Our final story tonight is about samplers, you know those needlework "A, B, C's" that girls used to do in the Federal Era. They are important because they are a record of the period. Sometimes they are the only record that the young woman lived. Often, she sewed the names of family members and their dates of birth into the cloth. She also inscribed recognizable buildings and mottos of ethical or religious importance that give us some clue of how they lived. The samplers in the York Institute Museum and Dyer Memorial Library in Saco were mostly put together by middle to upper class young women. They went to private academies when there weren't significant educational opportunities for women. The style of the sampler often represents a particular school. It's an interesting exhibit put together by museum Executive Director Leslie Rounds. Her book is entitled, "I my needle ply with thread." The title is taken from a sampler in the collection. Here is a link with more information.