5:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Sons And Daughters Of Pioneers Tell Of Grueling Laundry Process

Residents of West Hills Retirement Village remember laundry before conveniences

This is the way we wash our clothes—with a washer, a dryer, tap water, bottled detergent, dryer sheets…  But residents of West Hills Retirement Village tell a different story, historically speaking. They came together for a forum at the Journey Museum in Rapid City, to sit in a room filled with historical laundry implements and storyboards hanging by clothespins on a line strung around the room.
As the exhibit points out, laundry has sociopolitical aspects, but to these sons and daughters of pioneers, wash day was just a lot of work.

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