Make Your Own Apron at April 28 Strong Women, Strong Communities Class

FREEPORT, Ill., April 18, 2016 — No sewing experience is required to make your own apron at a special Strong Women, Strong Communities program April 28 at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts in Freeport.

Choose from retro-style fabrics and patterns to style your own apron reminiscent of the 1940s and ’50s. The Freeport Art Museum is hosting this event, which will run from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, 1611 S. West Avenue in Freeport.

There is a small fee to take part in the class; contact the Freeport Art Museum at 815-235-9755 for more information or to sign up.

Strong Women, Strong Communities is a month-long celebration of local women and home arts sponsored by FHN, the Freeport Art Museum, University of Illinois Extension, Freeport Public Library, and the Stephenson County Historical Society. These events have been inspired by the painting Home Defense by Freeport artist Florence Furst, which is a work in the permanent collection at the Freeport Art Museum. It is also part of a traveling exhibit organized by the Peoria Riverfront Museum called Making Their Mark – Illinois Women Artists 1940-1960, sponsored by FHN and being exhibited at the Freeport Art Museum through May 7. For more information on Strong Women, Strong Communities, visit

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 22 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit

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