Work Gloves

Work Gloves

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These gloves are protective wear worn on many worksites. The open fingered gloves are reinforced with leather padding to protect the palms. Product information says the open fingers provide ease of motion. They were used by Jillian Gross while working for Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit, non-government organization advocating affordable housing around the world.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Jillian Gross had worked with Habitat for Humanity for three years learning woodworking and house-building skills. Groups such as Habitat for Humanity marshaled volunteers, tools and lumber to step in when it became clear that normal avenues of housing assistance were overwhelmed.
In November 2005, Habitat for Humanity launched “America Builds on the National Mall,” a demonstration house-building marathon in Washington, D.C. in which the basic components of 51 homes were assembled within a week and shipped to the Gulf Coast. Upon completion of the project Ms. Gross, one of the house building leaders during this event, donated her tool belt, tools and protective wear to the Smithsonian Institution.
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Object Name
Pair of Gloves
date made
Associated Name
Habitat for Humanity
Associated Place
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Physical Description
cloth (overall material)
leather (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 5 in x 1 in; 20.32 cm x 12.7 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Jillian Gross
Hurricane Katrina
America Builds on the National Mall
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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