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  • Portsmouth Historical Society: Deadline extended for submissions to Threads: A Community Quilt for 2020

    "Threads" Lecture Series
    We've assembled a stand-out crowd of lecturers for this summer and fall, including 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; as well as our own Gerald W. R. Ward, Portsmouth Historical Society's curator.

    "Textiles from Near and Far"
    June 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    FREE for Members
    $15 for non-members

    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.

    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).

    Deadline Extended!
    We have had such a wonderful, positive response from so many people who are thrilled about our Community Quilt project that we have decided to extend the deadline to give more of you a chance to participate!

    New deadline: July 13

    Please do your best to get the square into the mail by this date. And please DON'T HESITATE TO PARTICIPATE regardless of skill level! We want as many people as possible to create a quilt square showing what they love about New Hampshire's seacoast region.

    More info on how to participate at www.portsmouthhistory.org/threads/
    Thank you to our exhibition sponsors, without whom this project and its programming wouldn't be possible!
    June is Pride Month!
    In recognition of the history the LGBTQ+ community has in Portsmouth, we will be hosting a new walking tour led by a new guide! Tom Kaufold founded the Seacoast LGBT History Project in 2015 to collect, preserve and present the artifacts and stories of the LGBTQ community in the seacoast of NH. Since the early 1990s, he has been involved in LGBTQ community initiatives in Portsmouth, including an equal rights ordinance and an AIDS service organization. Kaufold is a retired business systems analyst and has two grown children. He lives in Portsmouth with his husband Michael. This tour is a result of hours of research by volunteers on the History Project.

    Yes, but when can one go on this tour, you ask? We are working with all our guides to set up new parameters for our historical walking tours, and we will be taking reservations for tours starting in July! Stay tuned for more info!
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