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An Antiques Show and Sale Featuring Antique and Vintage Textiles and Americana plus Textile History Lectures and Classes Next Event May 17 & 18, 2019

Registration/Program Schedule

Each year at the PENN DRY GOODS MARKET we bring a selection of some of the nation's most noted textile experts together with some of our local historians to create a lecture program of great breadth and diversity. Lectures are held in two locations in the Heritage Center and each lecture is $25. Tickets are very limited this year , so if you plan to attend a lecture, register for your choices early by sending an email to or call Joanne Jalowy at 215-679-3103.

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Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
105 Seminary Street
Pennsburg PA 18073
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(215) 679-3103 or

Friday May 18, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am

American Quilts and Their Stories

Linda Baumgarten, Curator Emeritus of Textiles and Costumes at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia

This presentation considers four hundred years of quilt history by looking closely at surviving quilts that range in date from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century. The quilts tell fascinating stories about people who made quilts, the influence of fashion, and trade networks.
Orientation Room - Sponsored by UNIVEST-Banking, Insurance, Investments


10:15 am - 11:15 am

Threads of Duty, Threads of Piety: Seventeenth Century English Samplers

Kathleen Staples, Independent Scholar

For most of the 17th century, needlework featured prominently in the formal education of English girls from the middle and upper ranks of society. Perhaps most popular was the band sampler. Given the enormous political and religious changes of the century and shifts in popularity of other forms of handwork and fashion, the form and structure of sampler patterns and lettering evolved very little, which calls into question the purpose of sampler-making in this period. This presentation argues that these samplers were not merely exercises in the acquisition of needlework skills: an assessment of the band sampler must consider symbolic functions as well as purely practical ones.
Orientation Room - Sponsored by a Special Friend of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center



11:30 am -12:30 pm

What's in Your Shrank?
A View of the Evans' Shenandoah Valley Quilt Collection

Beverley Evans

A quilt turning featuring select examples from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia collection of Beverley and Jeffrey Evans. Including Baltimore Album style and other applique examples, and regional pieced designs, dating from the mid-19th to early-20th century. Most with extensive provenance, many having descended in the family of the maker.
Board Room - Sponsored by Theodore Breckel


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

17th Century New England Needlework

Pam Parmal, Textile Curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

While little needlework from seventeenth-century New England survives, what does shows that the colonists were interested in carrying on the traditions they brought with them from the Old World. This talk will present a selection of those embroideries that have survived, relate them to English embroidery traditions, and discuss how they evolved differently than those left behind.
Orientation Room - Sponsored by M. Finkel & Daughter



2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Embedding: Putting Hadassah Chapin Ely’s Wholecloth Quilt in Context

Marla Miller, Independent Scholar

In 2009, Historic Deerfield acquired a wholecloth indigo blue, glazed twill-weave wool (shalloon) quilt, ornamented with flowers, leaves, vines and other decorative elements. Family tradition holds that the quilt was associated with Hadassah Chapin Ely, (1767-1808), a Springfield, Massachusetts native who was a direct descendant of the celebrated Deacon Samuel Chapin (1598-1675). Hadassah married Elihu Ely in 1785, and the couple had eleven children; over time her quilt would make its way through the households of descendants across New England. But very little is known about the quilt, including the date of its construction or anything else about its creation. This paper will seek to better illuminate this stunning example of early American quilting by situating it in a series of contexts, including other surviving quilts that are comparable to this one; beds and bedding in post-Revolutionary Springfield (and West Springfield, Ely’s home once wed); the drama of Shays Rebellion, in which Ely and her family were firmly enmeshed; and the history of the quilt as it passed through family hands and ultimately into the collections of Historic Deerfield.

Orientation Room - Sponsored by Meadowood Senior Living



3:15 pm– 4:15 pm

Frolicking People and Fantastic Bands: 18th Century Rhode Island Samplers

Lynn Tinley, Adjunct Professor, American History at Oglethorpe University

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but the samplers worked there in the Eighteenth Century leave a lasting impression. The most recognizable of them were lavishly embroidered with silk thread, attesting to the great wealth that had been generated in the colony by the time of the Revolutionary War. This lecture will explore the different aesthetics created in the major towns of Providence, Newport, and Warren and contextualize their designs with the religious, political, and commercial activities of the period.
Orientation Room - Sponsored by Master Supply Line



Saturday May 19, 2018
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Samplers Made in Missionary Schools

Bill Subjack

The past three centuries have witnessed several ebbs and flows of Christian religious fervor in the Western World. The widespread secularism evident today has not always been so. The late 18th century saw rejection of the Age of Reason, with its skepticism, deism and rationalism, and its replacement by intense religious enthusiasm, emotion and appeals to the super-natural. Missionary societies were founded in New England & New York and even more so in England. Inspired missionaries, mostly Protestant, hoped to convert the entire world to Christianity. Missionaries targeted non-Christian people worldwide, beginning with areas of highest population density. They strongly believed to effectively Christianize people, they must first be “civilized.” The missionary movement assumed a pre-requisite to “civilization” included adoption of the cultural trappings of Protestant society: its work habits, dress, and education, before real Christianization could be attained. Targeting the youth, the education of girls included creation of needlework samplers. Indeed the samplers made in these world wide mission stations are the few surviving artifacts of this “Second Great Religious Awakening.” Roman Catholic missions in Spanish America also had schools where needlework samplers were created. This talk details several specific surviving examples of missionary schoolgirl samplers, including those by Native American Indians and Hawaiians in both Protestant and Catholic mission schools.
Orientation Room - Sponsored by Stauffer Glove & Safety



10:15 am –11:15 am

The Social Fabric: American Quilts in the National Collection

Madelyn Shaw

The National Museum of American History holds a collection of more than 300 quilts, representing their makers’ times, their beliefs, their interactions with and understanding of the world around them, and their dreams. Collectively they present an almost infinite number of variations on the aesthetic possibilities of cloth and stitching, tangible articulations of the fundamental human need for beauty and ornament. This illustrated talk will explore this extraordinary collection through five foundation themes, Necessities, Expectations, Refinements, Interactions, and Expressions.
Orientation Room - Sponsored by Lois McClintock



11:30 am –12:30 pm

Dressing for the Heat, 18th Century Summer Clothing

Neal Hurst, Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles at
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

During the eighteenth century, large numbers of men and women from northern Europe and particularly Great Britain, moved away from the comforts of their temperate climate bringing with them their cultural traditions. Climate determines or strongly influences culture. The material culture of these uprooted Europeans serves as evidence of adaptation as people moved into regions that challenge their comfort. Architecture, foodways, and daily routine, changed due to the extreme heat. Clothing, the most outward and visual representation of culture also modified in order to meet the human desire of comfort. This talk uses the experience of individuals living in the southern regions of North America as a case study to examine how colonists, merchants, and manufacturers adapted textiles, cut, and construction of clothing in pursuit for personal comfort.
Orientation Room - St. Luke's Quakertown Campus



12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

New York Quilts

Sharon Waddell

New York is home to several unique quilt patterns. Often popular for only a generation, these patterns appear in specific regions and cross religious, social, and ethnic boundaries. This talk will explore some 18th century patterns and other unique characteristics of New York quilts.
Orientation Room - Sponsored by Town and Country News



2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Here in This Garden, Samplers of Reading, PA

Kathy Lesieur

An examination of samplers made in Reading, PA from the late 18th to the mid-19th centuries. We will look at the girls who made them, the teachers who instructed them, and the influences behind them.
Orientation Room - Sponsored by Corinne H. Machmer