Artifact of the Month
Donated by Mrs. Alfred Lussky and Katherine Adam
This pincushion belonged to Alma Lussky of Fayetteville. She was the sister of Dr. Alfred E. Lussky, head of the German Department at the University of Arkansas for many years beginning in the 1930s. The Lusskys were originally from Illinois.
The pincushion is an example of Native American craft from upstate New York. In the late 1800s and early 1900s members of the Mohawk, Tuscarora, and Mohegan tribes made this type of beaded pincushion and sold them as souvenirs to tourists visiting Niagara Falls and Saratoga.