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VIRTUAL LECTURE: Stitching Women’s Stories: New London County Needlework Traditions and Family Connections

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

with Susan P. Schoelwer, PhD, Executive Director, Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

$10 (members 10% discount)

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What does a bed rug from Illinois, and a sampler from Ohio, and a silk embroidered picture from Oregon have in common? All three have their roots in the rich artistic heritage of New London County women. Schoelewer, author of Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, Family, uses family history to tease out “hidden ties” that connect quite different types of needlework, stretching from the 17th century into the 19th. Together, needlework and family history lead us to women’s stories that have long gone unnoticed—often hidden in plain sight—waiting to be discovered. Note: This lecture was previously titled: Parlor Patriotism: George Washington’s Legacy in American Needlework.

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Image: Esther S. Bradford, Montville, Bed cover, 1807. Cotton appliqué on cotton. From the Collections of The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan
This exhibition has been made possible by generous support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, The Connecticut Cultural Fund, The Coby Foundation, Connecticut Humanities, Mr. & Mrs. J. Geddes Parsons, Bouvier Insurance, Barbara and Wayne Harms, Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Booth, Mr. & Mrs. Jeb Embree, Dr. Margaret O’Shea & Mr. Daniel O’Shea, as well as donors to the Museum’s Annual Fund. Media sponsor: WSHU Public Radio.

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April 29
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Florence Griswold Museum
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