Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860
October 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015
Morven, New Jersey’s Cultural Museum, is hosting a landmark exhibition to be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.
A featured sampler of the Morven exhibition was created by Armenia Hutchinson and owned by the Hunterdon County Historical Society. The sampler is pictured inside Dan & Marty Campanelli’s book A Sampling of Hunterdon County Needlework: the motifs, the makers & their stories*. Dan and Marty are guest curators at Morven.
There will be a free preview party on Thursday, October 2nd, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to see the exhibit and have refreshments.
For more information and directions, contact the Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street | Princeton, New Jersey 08540 | 609.924.8144.
*Copies of A Sampling of Hunterdon County Needlework: the motifs, the makers & their stories are available for purchase at the Hunterdon County Historical Society Webiste Store (just CLICK here).