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An Antiques Show and Sale Featuring Antique and Vintage Textiles and Americana plus Textile History Lectures and Classes Next Event May 17 & 18, 2019

Registration/Program Schedule

Each year at the PENN DRY GOODS MARKET we bring a selection of some of the nation's most noted textile experts together with some of our local historians to create a lecture program of great breadth and diversity. Lectures are held in two locations in the Heritage Center and each lecture is $25. Tickets are very limited this year , so if you plan to attend a lecture, register for your choices early by sending an email to or call Joanne Jalowy at 215-679-3103.

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Mail completed registration forms to:
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
105 Seminary Street
Pennsburg PA 18073
Questions about registration can be directed to Dave Luz, Executive Director or Candace Perry, Curator of Collections.
(215) 679-3103 or

Friday May 17, 2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Shenandoah Valley Samplers from the Powers Collection

Nick Powers, Curator of Collections, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Orientation Room


10:15 am - 11:15 am

York County, PA Quilts: A Study of Regional Styles

Debby Cooney, Independent Scholar, Author and Curator

Quiltmakers in York County have produced favorite local patterns and styles and absorbed others from nearby Pennsylvania Germans and English Marylanders-bordered as it is by Lancaster and Lebanon Counties to the east, Adams County to the west, and Baltimore and Carroll Counties of Maryland to the south.

Participants will examine more that 40 nineteenth-century York County quilts from private collections to evaluate community preferences as well as similarities and differences with quilts of neighboring areas. They will see intricate piecing and fine appliqué plus fabrics and colors ranging from sober brown prints to bright "Dutchy" solids and prints.

Board Room



11:30 am -12:30 pm


Ann Hermes, Independent Scholar, Author and Designer

Plush template embroidery (also called stump work and tufted wool embroidery) is a method used to create plush designs. It is done by stitching with wool yarn over a template. The yarn is cut in a strategic way to release the template, then trimmed, brushed and sculpted to give stars, hearts, flowers, and other fanciful designs. This embroidery technique was done by women in southeastern Pennsylvania and other regions of the US and Europe from about 1890-1950 to make decorated bed and lap blankets, pillow covers, and pincushions. History, methods and examples will be presented.

Orientation Room


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Professional and Amateur English Needlework of the 17th Century

Kathy Staple, Independent Scholar, Author and Curator

Orientation Room



2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Embroidery Stamping Blocks

Sheryl De Jong, Volunteer at the Smithsonian in the textile collection

Orientation Room



3:15 pm– 4:15 pm

Early New England Quilts

Lynne Bassett, Independent Scholar, Author and Curator

What kinds of quilts covered New Englanders’ beds in the colonial and Early Republic eras?   Where did women find the inspiration for their designs?  What was the impact of the Industrial Revolution on quilt design?  The first half of this lecture by costume and textile historian Lynne Z. Bassett examines these questions; the second half of the lecture turns to the women who made quilts.  Using information culled from thirty-four early New England diaries dating from 1750 to 1850, Bassett offers a study of the labor of quilting.  What was the seasonal rhythm of quilting?  How long did it take to make a quilt?  How common was cooperative labor?  Bassett concludes her lecture by analyzing the romantic nostalgia that developed around American quilt making beginning in the mid-1800s, and how that nostalgia colored the historical understanding of quilts and the labor of quilt making for the next 150 years.

Orientation Room



Saturday May 18, 2019
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Samplers in Context: Women, Education and Needlework, 1700 - 1840

Newbold Richardson of Past Crafts Textiles LLC: The Costume and Textile Specialists

This talk will look beyond the purely pictorial appeal of needlework into 200 plus years of social history. Samplers are one of the few artifacts that can bring about a deeper understanding of the changing role of all women, regardless of social status. Far from mere records of decorative patterns, samplers teach us about the standards for female education in literacy, religion, and the fine arts.
Orientation Room



10:15 am –11:15 am

Early Quilts of the Southeast US

Alden O'Brien, Curator of Costumes and Textiles, DAR Museum, Washington, DC

Chintz appliqué, framed medallions, and mathematical stars are among the design choices and trends favored by quilters from Maryland to Georgia. Some arrangements and details were quite local, while others are found further north in the mid-Atlantic. Alden O’Brien will examine design characteristics of early (1800-1840) Southern quilts on the East Coast, using the DAR Museum’s holdings as a starting-point (and with some digression further afield).

Orientation Room



11:30 am –12:30 pm

American Sewing Rolls and Needle Books

Dawn Cook Ronningen, Independent Scholar, Author and Designer

The stories they tell in materials and techniques.

Orientation Room



12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Cheney Silks from Hand Painted Patterns

John De Jong

Orientation Room



2:00 pm -3:00 pm

The Yeakles of Chestnut Hill, PA: Samplers and Needlework in Context

Candace Perry, Curator, Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

Orientation Room