Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, along with Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, will offer a special program, “Holiday Crafts: Celebrating an American Pastime of the 20thCentury.” on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4-6 p.m.

It will be Immediately followed by the Tuskegee Airmen Winter Open House from 6-8 p.m. in the Skyway Club at Moton Field. This program will demonstrate the need for handmade items for the holidays during World War II.

George Washington Carver, instructor at Tuskegee Institute, learned to crochet at a young age. Due to illness as a child, he was not able to do the heavy farm work and spent more time indoors with Susan Carver, who taught him how to crochet as well as knit. This helped birth his creative and inventive thinking in his groundbreaking work.

During World War II, mothers and wives made a modest living while supporting the war effort. Many Americans took up new hobbies in order to make an income. Crocheted fashion trends led to more individuals learning the craft as a way of repurposing household items, selling crocheted products to support their families, and donating those products to soldiers in need.

Join the National Park Service on Dec. 9 to learn the art of crochet and the benefits associated with this craft. Supplies will be provided but are limited to the first 30 people to RSVP.

This event will be followed by our Tuskegee Airmen Winter Open House event which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Skyway Club is located on the grounds of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, home of the historic Moton Field. For more information you may call 334-724-0922 or visit our calendar of events at www.nps.gov/tuai.

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