Husking Bee (1750)
The job of harvesting corn and preparing it for use was a huge task for individual farms. One way to lighten the load was to invite neighbors to a husking bee. In addition to the actual gathering and Also called shucking; involved the removal of the husks, the external covering, of each ear of corn. The husks themselves could be used for feed for livestock, a mat or covering of dirt floors, or used to make dolls.,there were games and competitions and the sharing of a meal and conversation.
This image is from History of the United States by Frederick Hiram Clark, ca. 1750. You can read a PDF copy of this book and learn more about early Colonial Life from the Library of Congress at https://www.loc.gov/item/02005832/.
Clark, Frederick Hiram. History of the United States. Sketch. Sacramento, Cal., Printed at the State printing office [c1888]. From Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/02005832/ (accessed August 10, 2018).
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