Berea’s Student-made Brooms Featured in Baltimore Sun

Berea College’s popular Streamliner brooms were featured in a recent article titled “Better Brooms Make a Clean Sweep” published by the Baltimore Sun. Berea’s brooms top the list of products highlighted in the article.

Broom making at Berea College began more than 80 years ago when an obsolete broom workshop and hand equipment was donated by a benefactor. More than 15 different types and styles of brooms are produced by hand at Berea, ranging from hearth and cottage brooms to specialty brooms designed for small and hard-to-reach spaces. Broom making is one of nearly 130 labor departments in which students work at the College as part of their educational experience. Student workers help operate Berea College, learn job skills and earn income.

The Streamliner, a 52″ long utility kitchen and household broom with hand-rolled and braided natural or multi-color straw, is one of the best-selling brooms produced Berea College Student Crafts. For more information about the Streamliner and all the other student-made brooms, visit:

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.