“Textiles of the Homefront: Civil War Stories” – Virtual Talk by Lynne Zacek Bassett July 11, 2:00 pm

Pieced quilt with Star of Bethlehem pattern, made by Martha Moore Baker, New Hartford, CT, c. 1861‒1865, Connecticut Historical Society Collection

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On Sunday, July 11, 2 p.m., Curator and Scholar Lynne Zacek Bassett will give a virtual talk titled, Textiles of the Homefront: Civil War Stories

This lecture will discuss quilts from both the North and the South and how they represent the emotions and actions involved in sending loved ones to battle, the incessant work to keep soldiers clothed, warm, and properly aided in hospitals, and the work of healing after the war for veterans and civilians alike.

Lynne Zacek Bassett, photo courtesy of Melanie Zacek Photography

Lynne Zacek Bassett is an independent scholar specializing in New England’s historic costume and textiles. From 1995‒2000, she was the curator of textiles and fine arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Since going independent, Lynne has undertaken a number of large projects, including curating an exhibition and catalog for the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Modesty Died When Clothes Were Born: Costume in the Life and Literature of Mark Twain, for which she won the Costume Society of America’s Richard Martin Award for Excellence. From 2007 to 2017, Lynne was the guest curator of costumes and textiles for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, also in Hartford. Her 2016 exhibition and catalog for the Wadsworth, Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy, garnered enthusiastic reviews from bloggers and publications including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Another publication, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War, co-authored with Madelyn Shaw and published in 2012 by the American Textile History Museum of Lowell, Massachusetts, was awarded a bronze medal in history by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Lynne was also the editor of Uncoverings, the annual journal of the American Quilt Study Group from 2011 to 2017. Her contribution to the field of historic costume and textiles has been recognized by the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Historic New England, and the International Quilt Museum, which have all elected her to membership in their honorary or advisory societies.

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