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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 huskingAlso 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

Page 88 of the History of the United States published in 1888.  A link to the cite is provided by clicking on the image.

Sketching showing women, children and men carrying out the tasks of bringing the corn to the barn and removing the husks from the corn. ca 1750, New England Colonies
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Clark, Frederick Hiram. History of the United States. Sketch. Sacramento, Cal., Printed at the State printing office [c1888]. From Library of Congress. (accessed August 10, 2018).

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