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Threads of Women's History: Recent Needlework Acquisitions

March 04, 2016
May 22, 2016

This Women’s History Month, a selection of recently-acquired needlework by Sarah Janeway Van Zandt (1771–1841), Maria Ewing Sherman Fitch (1851–1913), and Amanda Morse Gilman (1830–1913) helps to uncover the lives of these 18th- and 19th-century women and their cultural and historical contexts. The sampler and three quilts—all stitched with care—reveal the relationship between textiles and memory: the schoolgirl sampler by Van Zandt, daughter of a Revolutionary War militia captain, helped her commit biblical precepts to heart, and Fitch’s Grand Army Quilt honored the military legacy of her father, Union Major General William T. Sherman. Curated by Rebecca Klassen, curatorial project manager & assistant curator at the New-York Historical Society.

Creative: Tronvig Group