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Venue:Concord Museum
Dates:Friday, September 29, 2023 - Sunday, February 25, 2024
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below

interwoven women's lives written in thread' photoThe exhibition will highlight needlework produced by young women in New England and specifically the extraordinary collection of samplers at the Concord Museum.

Featuring 30 samplers sewn in the early 1700s to mid-1800s, Interwoven will explore how young women created records of their own lives and experiences, written in thread.

This exhibition will explore the history of needlework and embroidery, its importance as an art form, and its significance to women in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Intended to showcase young womenís accomplishments, the samplers also communicate details of their lives and education, their communities, and their families.

The exhibition provides a unique view into their private lives. For most of these young women, their samplers are the only objects that survive from their lives.

Many of the samplers have never been displayed before.

Learn about the education of privileged young women in the early republic and understand how wealth and enslaved labor enabled them to pursue decorative arts.

Explore the materials used in constructing samplers, such as linens, dyes and silk, and how and where these materials were produced.

View samplers that demonstrate how women recorded family history and the loss of loved ones through needlework. Understand how they incorporated the importance of community and a strong sense of place in their samplers.

The gallery will include areas for hands-on and interactive activities. Exhibition programs will connect the history of samplers to contemporary work through visiting artists, demonstrations, workshops, and more.

Stitched in the 1700s and 1800s by young women raised or educated in the Boston area, these remarkable needlework samplers present a distinctive picture of young women's lives in the early republic.

Exhibition themes will explore how their samplers captured the stories of these young women's lives -- their education, expectations, interests, families and community -- as well as the global sourcing of materials and reliance on enslaved labor to produce those materials and to run the households in which these young women were raised.

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Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Open Monday Holidays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, including Martin Luther King Dr. Day, Presidentsí Day, Patriotsí Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Labor Day, and Indigenous Peoplesí Day.

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Adults$15 | Seniors$12 | Students (18 & over with Valid ID) $12 | Children (6-17) $8 | Children 5 and under FREE



200 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA, 01742 map
Phone: 978-369-9763


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