48 East Patrick Street
Civil War Talk
Topic: Birth and Growth of Inscribed Quilts by Mavis Slawson
Mavis Slawson, collector and textile historian, quilter and lecturer, shares examples and the history of American inscribed quilts. The first inscribed, album, potholder and friendship quilts surfaced about 1830. Signatures, patriotic slogans and notes of endearment are among the words written in ink or embroidered on these quilts. Inscribed quilts were created to raise money for soldiers’ needs by both the North and South directly after the Civil War. Women continued to create inscribed quilts through the last quarter of the nineteenth century to fund community and church projects, as fundraisers in the early days of the American Red Cross, and through WW1 to purchase personal items for convalescing soldiers. Quilters are still creating inscribed quilts today for a variety of reasons, including the support of our wounded warriors.
Second Saturday of the month lectures series, February–August 2013. The program fee is included in the Museum admission fee. Free to Museum members. Re-admittance to the Museum the day of talk is welcome. For more information, call 301-695-1864, ext. 17.