Linda Hamer Kennett’s Story Archive

Collectible Vintage Bikes

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” — John F. Kennedy For many of us it was our first glimpse of independence. It propelled us through the neighborhood at record speeds. It gave us status. It took us to hang with our friends and allowed us to … Read More

American Folk Art from the Women of America — The Quilt

Cherished for their craftsmanship, and elevated from a mere bed covering to one of the purest forms of folk art, quilts reflect the true spirit of the women of America. Look at a collection of quilts from any seamstress and you will find identifying traits that connect them to their … Read More

Halloween Memorabilia: Trick or Treat?

Second in popularity only to Christmas as a holiday collectible, the memorabilia of Halloweens past is much more difficult to find. It is this scarcity of mint condition pieces that makes the collecting both challenging and rewarding. The elegance of the late Victorian period in America provided the perfect setting … Read More

Ball Canning Jars

The onset of fall means many things to we Hoosiers. Fall festivals, trips to Brown County to view the beautiful foliage, hot apple cider and campfires, and to an ever-growing number of people it means canning season. So, out come the colanders and pressure cookers and most importantly, the Ball … Read More

Dumpster Disasters — How (Not) to Prepare to Downsize

“I think we are ready for you to come a take a look at Mom and Dad’s House. We’ve already hauled off 2 dumpsters full of trash to make your job easier.” This is the kind of statement that send chills up my spine. Unknowingly, in their effort to “help,” … Read More