Lace-making and sewing were more than utilitarian projects.
Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 9/17/2009
This intricate handmade lace baby cap dates from the turn of the 20th century and was probably worn for a baby's christening. The baptism of newborns is both a religious and a social ceremony, strengthening ties among members of a community. Compadrazgo, the special relationship between parents and godparents, is a valued tradition in Puerto Rico and Latin America.
From the Teodoro Vidal Collection
Historical Thinking Standards (Grades K-4)
United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)
2: Massive immigration after 1870 and how new social patterns, conflicts, and ideas of national unity developed amid growing cultural diversity
3: The rise of the American labor movement and how political issues reflected social and economic changes
4: Federal Indian policy and United States foreign policy after the Civil War