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Textiles of World War I

November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Lecture, Trunk Show, and Panel Discussion

Free with Museum admission

This special event will explore changes in American life through one particular product: textiles.

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.

RSVP is encouraged but not required.

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Sue Reich

Author Sue Reich


November 17, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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