Delaware Sampler Symposium: Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Discoveries, 1750-1850

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Biggs Museum of American Art Sat, Jun 9, 2018 9:00 AM


This symposium celebrates the release of the new publication of the same title by Gloria Seaman Allen and Cyndi Steinhoff with contributions from Susi Slocum. This series of talks will also create the context necessary to understand the Biggs Museum’s feature exhibition of over 100 samplers illustrated within the publication. This is the largest and most comprehensive study of Delaware girlhood needlework of the 18th and 19th century ever conducted. The book is fully illustrated covers topics spanning the various needlework instructors across the state.


9AM                                   Check-in coffee begins

10-10:40AM                      Linda Eaton – “Embroidery: An Important Part of Delaware’s Material Culture”

10:45-11:25AM                 Susi Slocum, “’Fruit and Flower’ Samplers of Delaware (1788-1839)”

11:30AM-12:10PM           Cynthia Steinhoff – “A Tale in Two Cities – Needlework Teacher Deborah Hicks Mundall”

12:15-1:45PM                    Lunch & Book Signing

1:50-2:30PM                      Lynne Anderson, “‘In wonder, love, and praise’: The Quaker Spirit and Southern Boarding School Samplers”

2:30-3:25PM                      Mary Brooks, “Schoolgirl Needlework: Quaker Connections Near and Far”

3:30-4:00PM                      Break & Book Signing

4:00-4:40PM                      Sheryl DeJong – “The Delaware Orphan Court Records”

4:45-5:25PM                      Cynthia Steinhoff – “A Sampler Tour of Sussex County”

5:30PM                               Closing Words