Madelyn Shaw, curator at the National Museum of American History, will share the history of the American textile industry during the Great War. Her lecture will explore American efforts to deal with shortages of raw materials, interruptions in the supply chains, anti-German sentiments, and the requirements of the military and civilians in meeting the catastrophe of World War I.
Historian, quiltmaker, and author Sue Reich will host a special trunk show of World War I quilts. During the 18 months of America’s involvement in World War l, all normal quilt making came to a halt as women used their sewing skills to raise money for the Red Cross and our soldiers. This show will present quilts made between 1900 and 1920. The quilts reflect an often underappreciated part of World War I history. A panel discussion with both experts will follow.
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