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VIRTUAL LECTURE: Hidden Hands: Labor and Leisure in Early American Needlework

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


$9 – $10
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States


with Marla R. Miller, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Miller’s primary research interest is U.S. women’s work before industrialization. In this talk, Miller will explore early American women’s labor history beyond the quilt frame, and consider the many ways in which women’s work—enslaved and free; Black, white, and Native American—in other rooms of the house contributed to the making of decorative needlework.

Image: Unidentified maker, English, Man’s nightcap, ca. 1580. Linen plain weave embroidered with silk, metallic threads, and metallic sequins, and trimmed with metallic-thread lace, Lent by Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund, 1987.042

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