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Margaret “Redfern” A Pitzer

 (1932 - 1998)
Margaret “Redfern” A. Pitzer was active/lived in Kansas, Oklahoma.  Margaret Redfern Pitzer is known for Basketmaking; beadworking.

Biography   Margaret “Redfern” A. Pitzer

Margaret A. Pitzer was born in Peggs, Oklahoma on February 28, 1932.  Her family moved to El Dorado, Kansas in 1936.  Taught basket weaving by her Cherokee great-grandmother and adopted the name Redfern in honor of her great-grandmother.  She inscribed each basket with a tiny red fern on the bottom. Taught apprentices and shared her skills in workshops, demonstrations, and classes.  She died on July 8, 1988 in Wichita, Kansas.

Awards: Kansas Governor's Artist Award, 1991; Master Folk Artist, Kansas State
Historical Society, 1991.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Wichita Eagle (Feb, 11, 1991, July 11, 1998); Topeka Public Library. Kansas Artists List. (Mar. 11, 1988).; Kansas! (3rd issue, 1993); Kansas Heritage (Winter 1994).

This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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