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Keeping Warm in 18th Century Maine
June 28th and 29th in Pittston & Dresden, Maine

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors!

A Two-Day Symposium and Two Hands-on Workshops
Accompanied by New Exhibits at Three Museums
Bed Rug
Quilt Wool
Presenters: For presenter bios, click here
Edward Maeder
President of the National Museum of the American Coverlet
Karen Clancy
Supervisor of the Weaving and Dying Program, Colonial Williamsburg
Sandie Tarbox
Professional presenter on 18th century culture and textiles from Tarbox and Tarbox
Faye Snyder
Wiscasset antiques dealer and expert on antique textiles and quilts
Featuring lectures, spinning and weaving demonstrations, hands-on dying and bed rugg workshops, and exhibits at three museums, Keeping Warm in 18th Century Maine will begin on Saturday June 28 (9-4). Day one will be at the Reuben Colburn House in Pittston. A keynote address by Edward Maeder, will be followed by a session on wool, presented by Sandie Tarbox. After lunch, the afternoon will feature sessions by Faye Snyder on quilts and Karen Clancy on dying. Day two, Sunday June 29 (9-3), will take place at the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, which has an extensive collection of spinning wheels, looms and other weaving equipment.  In the morning, Karen Clancy will conduct a hands-on workshop on dying in the yard of the Court House (back-up plan in case of rain) and Sandie Tarbox will conduct a hands-on workshop on bed ruggs.  Weavers from Old Fort Western will demonstrate spinning and weaving at the Court House during the entire day. After lunch, in the afternoon, participants will receive a guided tour of overshot coverlets at the Pownalborough Court House with Edward Maeder. A centerpiece of the Court House exhibit will be a mid-19th century painting by Henry Cheever Pratt - on a stretched overshot coverlet! All participants will also receive tickets – good until October – for entry to the exhibits on display at all exhibiting museums. Five museums in Mid-Coast Maine will contribute to this event: the 1761 Pownalborough Court House, in Dresden; the 1812 Old Jail in Wiscasset; the 1754 Chapman Hall House in Damariscotta; the Rueben Colburn House in Pittston; and Old Fort Western in Augusta. For links to the museums and their respective roles, click here.
Symposium/Workshop Cost:
The cost for the symposium is $95, which includes the two-day program, two lunches and a wine reception on Saturday evening (5-7). (LCHA members receive a 10% discount.) For Saturday only, the cost is $65 and for Sunday only it is $25.

The hands-on dying workshop is limited to 25 participants and the bed rugg workshop is limited to 10 participants. An additional $25 fee for each workshop covers materials.