Meeting: 10:30 on Saturday, December 1st,
This meeting will take place at the Connecticut Historical Society in
Hartford. The information below gives a more detailed description of
the morning program.
1740-1840: Masterworks and New Discoveries from the Connecticut Historical
Society Museum Collections
CHS Director of Museum Collections, Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer, will survey the
rich artistic and decorative legacy of needlework produced in Connecticut
prior to 1840. During a period when paintings and prints were few and
far between, a variety of needlework genres provided Connecticut households
with color and artistry -- canvaswork (needlepoint), crewel embroidered bed
hangings, silk embroidered pictures, samplers, memorial pictures, and whole
cloth quilting. Several genres appear to be distinctively Connecticut
creations, including "mermaid" petticoats, bed rugs, crewel embroidered garments,
and a unique series of religious and allegorical scenes worked during the
American Revolution by Prudence Punderson of Preston. The CHS Museum's
unparalleled collection of nearly 300 examples is the starting point for
a major study of regional needlework, funded by the Coby Foundation, Inc.,
and the National Endowment for the Arts, to be presented in a forthcoming
book and exhibition. Program participants will get a "sneak preview"
of this exciting project, with a slide presentation followed by a
"behind-the-scenes" tour to see collection highlights first hand.
Directions to the
Connecticut Historical Society
One Elizabeth Street at Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Tel: (860) 236-5621
From Interstate Route 84, west of downtown Hartford, take exit 46 (Sisson
Avenue). Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Sisson Avenue.
At the second traffic light turn left onto Farmington Avenue. Go one
block and turn right onto Girard Avenue (at Arrow Pharmacy).
At the second intersection turn right onto Elizabeth Street. The
Connecticut Historical Society, with ample free parking, is the second drive
on the right.
When the morning program is completed around noon, we will drive over for
a holiday luncheon at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park.
Schedule for the day: 10:30 am to 2 pm
10:30 AM to 12:00 noon
12:30 PM to 2 PM
show and tell, and announcements