We’ve assembled a stand-out crowd of lecturers for this summer and fall! Textile experts Diane Fagan Affleck, formerly of the American Textile History Museum, Lynne Bassett, author of Northern Comfort: New England’s Early Quilts 1780-1850 and co-author of Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War, Jennifer Swope, Assistant Curator at the MFA’s David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts, and our own Gerald W. R. Ward, Portsmouth Historical Society’s curator.
“Early New England Quilts & the Labor of Quilting”
July 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm, via Zoom
Free for Member/Donors
$15 for non-members
Join expert Lynne Zacek Bassett for a look at the long tradition of quilt-making in New England.
The styles of quilts preferred in New England changed from whole-cloth wool and silk to pieced cotton with the advent of the Industrial Revolution at the turn of the 19th century. This lecture examines the materials and techniques of these early quilts, and also the practices of early quilters—the seasonality of their work and the tradition of cooperative quilting.
Lynne Zacek Bassett is an independent scholar specializing in historic costume and textiles. Among her projects are award-winning exhibitions and catalogues, including Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War (co-authored with Madelyn Shaw and published in 2012 by the American Textile History Museum), which won a bronze medal in history from the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Ms. Bassett was also primary author and editor of Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth, published by the University Press of New England in 2009. In 2019, she was guest curator of the exhibition, “Pieces of American History: Connecticut Quilts” at the Connecticut Historical Society, which will soon be available for viewing online.
Her experience in the field of historic costume and textiles has been recognized by the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Historic New England, and the International Quilt Study Center, which have all elected her to membership in their honorary or advisory societies.
“Textiles from Near and Far”
June 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm, via Zoom
Diane Fagan Affleck, formerly of the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, will present “Textiles from Near and Far,” a colorful tour through textiles found in the Portsmouth Historical Society’s quilts, focusing on how they were made and how they came to be here. Both textile novices and nerds are invited to attend, via Zoom, for this fascinating peek into how textiles are woven into the culture and history of our region.
Diane Fagan Affleck is a retired museum professional who worked as a registrar, researcher, curator, and director of exhibitions. She held positions at the DAR Museum, Washington, DC; the American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA; and she was a fellow at the Warner House in Portsmouth. Her research interests focused on nineteenth-century printed textiles and American handweaving. She is the author of Just New from the Mills: Printed Cotton in America, and the co-author of Celebration and Remembrance: Commemorative Textiles in America, 1790-1990 with Paul Hudon, and Textiles for Victorian and Edwardian Clothing, 1880-1920 with Karen J. Herbaugh. Fagan Affleck is a graduate of St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) and holds an MA from The George Washington University (Washington, DC).