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White Shirt Legacy

Legacy of the White Shirt

Long before recycling was the “in” thing, it was thought of as what you did to survive by the Seely family. For example, dad’s white shirt. As it became worn, it would get stitched and washed until it no longer was quite as white. It was then used as a work shirt until it was too stained or had too many holes to patch. It was then cut into cleaning rags. Once it could no longer be used in that manner, it was taken to the cook stove to contribute to the fuel supply. The final use of the white shirt became part of the ashes from which the family would make laundry soap on an open fire in a big copper kettle.
Visit the historical displays at the Lodge to learn more and watch for the White Shirt icons: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

The Legacy

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