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New Jersey Sampler Discovery Day This Saturday at Morven

Elizabeth Hammell, Burlington County, NJ, August 1829. Collection of Daniel C. Scheid.
Elizabeth Hammell, Burlington County, NJ, August 1829. Collection of Daniel C. Scheid.

Do you own examples of samplers and silk embroideries made in New Jersey or by New Jersey schoolgirls before 1860?

Morven Museum and Garden is seeking examples of the samplers and silk embroideries for possible inclusion in a landmark exhibition opening at the museum in October 2014. If you think you may have a sampler or silk embroidery that falls into this category you can bring your historic needlework to Morven’s Sampler Discovery Day on Saturday, October 19th, between noon and 4 p.m. Experts will be on hand to identify, examine, and photograph the New Jersey needlework examples.
 
Expert specialists will include:

– 
Amy Finkel of M. Finkel and Daughter in Philadelphia, a nationally renowned expert in antique samplers and needlework
– Dan and Marty Campanelli, authors of the book, A Sampling of Hunterdon County Needlework, and co-curators for the upcoming exhibition
– Daniel Scheid, noted needlework collector and co-curator for the upcoming exhibition

If you can’t make the event or live too far away, you can send photos and any documentation you have about your needlework to Elizabeth Allan, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, at eallan@morven.org. All information should be received by Saturday, October 19, and will be kept for future research.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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