[Hpn] Bits and Pieces of Yesterday's Poverty. An exhibit by a Maine Non-profit

Jan Lightfoot janshouse@yahoo.com
Thu, 5 Sep 2002 10:01:35 -0700 (PDT)


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                         PRESS RELEASE

 

Hospitality House Inc.

Contact Jan Lightfoot-Lane

207/861- 7069

 

Non-Profit Seeks Donations of Items, Used by those in POVERTY

 

In November to January, Hospitality House Inc. plans to open a display on Homelessness in an unused store in Waterville. This will be a first of its kind display of artifacts, created for the poor, or used by the poor. A portion of the demonstration will explain theories of ending poverty.

With help from the public, after January this display will then be able to travel to schools, and different cities in Maine. The mobile exhibit will also be able to travel beyond this state.

First our non-profit must gather items used by the poor in olden days, a few from today but the display will be more like a museum on poverty. Its goal is to get people thinking on how Poverty has remained the same, through out history.

Hope to have a reproduction of the law creating the first modern day welfare in history. This was created in Lyons France, about 1525. It went to working people so everyone could have a loaf of bread a day.

Modern welfare was not created to be compassionate, nor to give enough food so people could thrive. Nor was it designed to abolish the burden caused by being paid less then the work was worth or a livable wage. It was established merely to quell the Food Riots in the streets.

Hospitality House Inc. already has a hundred plus year old book on the Children of the Poor. With a Photo of two children sleeping in an ally, 1n the 1880’s or so.

Our first donation, a coin used in WWII to purchase meant was submitted by a homeless caring women in Canada.

While books are fine, real objects, as a piece of rope used in a NYC shelter would be something tangible to get people thinking What can be done to Eradicate Poverty and Homelessness.

At Hospitality House Inc. we are open to most donations of items. As a welfare sanction letter of 2,000. Anything from a work house ones great grand parents might have been in. Or documentation as an eviction notice of the 1700 or today. WE also seek any utensil grandma may have used when finer, more costly ones were available. Old ropes from Shelter hammocks. We also seek letters explaining how Johnny will not have toys this Christmas, that work is hard to find. Or regrettably even how Beth has gone to bed hungry in the 1950’s. 

Any remnant of Financial hardship from prehistoric to Colonial time, to today will be welcomed. Be it a painting of a women not being able to gather enough fire wood for her husbands burial fire, in the middle ages, to a hooked manual can opener used in the 1970’s long after turn and electric can openers been popular. Because that was all your mother could afford. 

A Scrub-board used for all the families laundry in say 1960, Decades after wringer washers, and automatics been out. The only two children dress your family could afford while you were in grammar school. Shoes with holes, patched with cardboard which had to last another 6 months.

When Possible, WE want the story behind these objects.

Bits and pieces of yesterday's poverty to be shared with the public, can be sent to Hospitality House Inc. PO BOX 62 Hinckley ME.04944 USA. 

Would love clothes tools, etc., of “sharecroppers, or peasants.” Objects on Homelessness and Hunger, will also be accepted by the tax-exempt non-profit, the value which can be deducted as allowed by law. 

School kids, from all over Maine will be invited to attend the display.

Our financially struggling non-profit could also use a three months donation of an empty store in the Waterville/Winslow/ area. As well as we need cash. Cash to pay those sorting though the donated items; and constructing the displays. The costs for the staffing, and operation of the storefront museum. As well as to pay for the services, and supplies of graphic artists. 

Hospitality House Inc., Always needs Volunteers, Members and Board members.






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<P>In November to January, Hospitality House Inc. plans to open a display on Homelessness in an unused store in Waterville. This will be a first of its kind display of artifacts, created for the poor, or used by the poor. A portion of the demonstration will explain theories of ending poverty.</P>
<P>With help from the public, after January this display will then be able to travel to schools, and different cities in Maine. The mobile exhibit will also be able to travel beyond this state.</P>
<P>First our non-profit must gather items used by the poor in olden days, a few from today but the display will be more like a museum on poverty. Its goal is to get people thinking on how Poverty has remained the same, through out history.</P>
<P>Hope to have a reproduction of the law creating the first modern day welfare in history. This was created in Lyons France, about 1525. It went to working people so everyone could have a loaf of bread a day.</P>
<P>Modern welfare was not created to be compassionate, nor to give enough food so people could thrive. Nor was it designed to abolish the burden caused by being paid less then the work was worth or a livable wage. It was established merely to quell the Food Riots in the streets.</P>
<P>Hospitality House Inc. already has a hundred plus year old book on the Children of the Poor. With a Photo of two children sleeping in an ally, 1n the 1880’s or so.</P>
<P>Our first donation, a coin used in WWII to purchase meant was submitted by a homeless caring women in Canada.</P>
<P>While books are fine, real objects, as a piece of rope used in a NYC shelter would be something tangible to get people thinking What can be done to Eradicate Poverty and Homelessness.</P>
<P>At Hospitality House Inc. we are open to most donations of items. As a welfare sanction letter of 2,000. Anything from a work house ones great grand parents might have been in. Or documentation as an eviction notice of the 1700 or today. WE also seek any utensil grandma may have used when finer, more costly ones were available. Old ropes from Shelter hammocks. We also seek letters explaining how Johnny will not have toys this Christmas, that work is hard to find. Or regrettably even how Beth has gone to bed hungry in the 1950’s. </P>
<P>Any remnant of Financial hardship from prehistoric to Colonial time, to today will be welcomed. Be it a painting of a women not being able to gather enough fire wood for her husbands burial fire, in the middle ages, to a hooked manual can opener used in the 1970’s long after turn and electric can openers been popular. Because that was all your mother could afford. </P>
<P>A Scrub-board used for all the families laundry in say 1960, Decades after wringer washers, and automatics been out. The only two children dress your family could afford while you were in grammar school. Shoes with holes, patched with cardboard which had to last another 6 months.</P>
<P>When Possible, WE want the story behind these objects.</P>
<P>Bits and pieces of yesterday's poverty to be shared with the public, can be sent to Hospitality House Inc. PO BOX 62 Hinckley ME.04944 USA. </P>
<P>Would love clothes tools, etc., of “sharecroppers, or peasants.” Objects on Homelessness and Hunger, will also be accepted by the tax-exempt non-profit, the value which can be deducted as allowed by law. </P>
<P>School kids, from all over Maine will be invited to attend the display.</P>
<P>Our financially struggling non-profit could also use a three months donation of an empty store in the Waterville/Winslow/ area. As well as we need cash. Cash to pay those sorting though the donated items; and constructing the displays. The costs for the staffing, and operation of the storefront museum. As well as to pay for the services, and supplies of graphic artists. </P>
<P>Hospitality House Inc., Always needs Volunteers, Members and Board members.</P></FONT>
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