Chuck Rhodes visited the Magdalena Rug Hookers meeting recently. He is a reporter for the local ABC television station and does a human-interest feature called, Let's Go Places. As such, he has taken an interest in our namesake, Magdalena Briner Eby, who lived in Perry County, PA until her death one hundred years ago.
Magdalena was a country woman, who designed and hooked rugs from all sorts of well used clothes and other fabrics. Back in those days, nothing was wasted. Her rugs were utilitarian and received a lot of use – as well as abuse from the rug beater wielded by overly enthusiastic family members.
Magdalena’s great-granddaughter and great-great-grandson and his wife, met up with Chuck in New Bloomfield and went to the cemetery to visit her gravesite. Then they joined the Magdalenas at our meeting spot for a couple of hours of videotaping and interviewing.
We had a very nice “throw down” of rugs for Chuck to see and lots of hookers working on a variety of rugs to demonstrate how our craft is done. It was great to see how interested he was in rug hooking and the history behind it. He truly wants to learn about and share knowledge about this area of Pennsylvania and its many denizens, both living and long-gone.
There’s a lot of beauty out there, and we enjoyed sharing it with Chuck Rhodes and Magdalena’s relatives. We are keeping her memory alive right here in Perry County, PA!
P.S. The feature aired on ABC Channel 27 News on Monday, April 6. For a brief time, you can find a link to it here.
Also, Rug Hooking Magazine posted a very nice blog about this…. Click here.