04 - Shavuot

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(From the tapestry): “Shavuot 1938. My brothers and sisters followed as I walked on stilts to our grandparents’ house. Esther, Mania, Chana, Leah, Rubin."

Embroidery and fabric collage, 1994.
19-5/8″W x 22-11/16″H.

Narration by Esther's daughter, Bernice Steinhardt

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Transcript of Narration

My mother’s favorite childhood memories were of the Jewish holidays. Here she shows her brothers and sisters walking to their grandparent’s house on Shavuot in 1938. My mother is leading the way on a pair of stilts.

My mother’s brother, Ruven, had made the stilts and my mother was trying them out. She used to say that her brother was the toy maker and she was the toy tester.

I love this image of my mother in this picture, standing head and shoulders above her brother and sisters, and leading the way. How characteristic of her.

Transcript prepared by the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science Docent Association.