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Labors of Love

The heart has long been ascribed as the part of the body best suited for representing love. This week’s featured storytellers might suggest that love is better represented by the hands. Straight from the First Person Museum online gallery, featured storytellers Michael and Mary Kate are showcasing stories about labors of love that are made by hand.

Check out their stories, Quillow Love and Image of Home below and find answers to two very important questions: “What is the secret ingredient that makes our hand made treasures special?” and “What the heck is a quillow?”

Read through stories by other Museum contributors or upload your own at firstpersonmuseum.org! Choose from story themes like “To Remember You By” and “Good Times” and Object Types like “Hand Made.” Next week’s featured story could be yours!

Quillow Love
Michael, Philadelphia
Theme: To Remember You By
Object Type: Hand Made
My quillow was made with the loving, creative, talented hands of my mother. Since she passed away last year, my quillow is one of the last objects I have that her hands touched. She used a teddy bear, heart, and navy blue material, encompassing my favorite symbols and memories of childhood. My quillow is the one thing from childhood that I will cherish forever.

Image of Home
Mary Kate, Philadelphia
Theme: Good Times
Object Type: Hand Made
My Uncle Mark made me an absolutely beautiful dollhouse (which I still have) when I was about 5-years-old. Ever since I was little I couldn’t wait to buy my own house, decorate it and ask my Uncle for repairs. Twenty years later I bought my first house. My Uncle just finished helping me rebuild the stairs.

Upcoming Events
  • BEyond Expectations: Living with an Intellectual disAbility
  • Date: April 18, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Interact Community Center
  • Location: 7372 Henry Avenue
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  • Date: April 30, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Playground at the Adrienne
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street