Here are some more stump-the-mythbusters that readers have sent. Can anyone shed light on any of these?
Martha Katz-Hyman curator at the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation and active in ALHFAM has two probable myths that I haven’t been able to substantiate either way.
1) “I was at the ALHFAM annual meeting in Akron, Ohio, from 6/12-6/19, and one of our field trips was to Kirtland Village (https://www.lds.org/locations/historic-kirtland-visitors-center) and Kirtland Temple (http://www.kirtlandtemple.org/), both in Kirtland, Ohio. They are both important sites in Mormon history, with the village part of the LDS universe, and Kirtland Temple owned by the Community of Christ, a Mormon community not associated with the LDS folks. As you can imagine, their narratives are entirely different! At Kirtland Village we got a tour of the site, including the Newel K. Whitney store (https://www.lds.org/locations/newel-k-whitney-store). The store has been totally furnished using the store’s account books from the period, and the furnishings include a whole row of punched tin lanterns (see the pictures on the store page). In the course of my group’s tour of the site, the woman giving the tour (Mormon, of course) said something to the effect that the punched patterns were different because each family in the village had a different pattern, and that’s how, at night, you could know who was out and about.”
2) “A friend recently attended a seminar on Civil War era quilts. The presenters mentioned that some quilts of that period had a strip of cloth sewn along the edge to protect against the oils of “grandpa’s” beard. It was stated that if you found a quilt with a yellowed edge the stain was due to the beard and that this was a sign of a”period” quilt. Anyone familiar with this practice?”