Sewing table used by Harriet Bishop (1817-1883). Bishop is often credited as "the first schoolteacher in Minnesota" for starting the Minnesota Territory's first public school in 1847, but she was also a writer, activist and suffragist. The walnut table has a burl veneer and is in the Renaissance style with trestle legs and a stretcher. The hinged lid has a mirrored top and lifts up to reveal a drawer. Featured on the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections Up Close blog on December 6, 2011.