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VIRTUAL LECTURE: ’The Second Scene of Mortality’: Courtship and Sexual Danger in Revolutionary Connecticut

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor Emerita, Harvard University

$10 (members 10% discount)

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When Prudence Punderson entitled her silk embroidery The First, Second, and Last Scenes of Mortality, she inadvertently revealed a fraught moment in her own life when sexual attraction and family duty collided. Like other Connecticut women, she not only faced a revolutionary crisis but conflicting notions about courtship that cut against the stylized images in contemporary textile productions.

Join us for a virtual lecture as Ulrich illuminates these fascinating themes tied to the current exhibition, New London County Quilts & Bedcovers, 1750-1825.

Image: Prudence Punderson (1758‒1784), The First, Second, and Last Scene of Mortality, ca. 1776‒1783. Silk embroidery. Connecticut Historical Society, 1962.28.4

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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 22
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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