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October 19, 2012

International Quilting Experts Explore American Quilt Making at Colonial Williamsburg’s Symposium Nov. 8-10

The vibrant colors and designs of American bed quilts reflect the influence of textiles imported from Asia, the Mediterranean, northern Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as the diverse groups of people who immigrated to the colonies and later to the United States. Colonial Williamsburg’s symposium, “Influences on American Quilts: Baltimore to Bengal,” explores these multifaceted influences Nov. 8-10 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.

An equally diverse and international group of quilt experts gathers in Williamsburg for the symposium. Dorothy Osler, independent scholar and author, Alnwick, Northumberland, United Kingdom, is the featured speaker for the event on “Social and Cultural Layering in British Quilt Collections,” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Hennage Auditorium.

Foundation experts presenting programs include Linda Baumgarten, curator, textiles and costumes, discusses “400 Years of Quilts at Colonial Williamsburg.” Kimberly Smith Ivey, Colonial Williamsburg curator of textiles and historic interiors, Colonial Williamsburg, and Angela Goebel Bain, assistant curator of decorative arts, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Ill., present “Two Palemon and Lavinia Embroidered Counterpanes: Their Design Source and Family Connection.”

For additional speakers and topics, download the brochure at

Conference participants also may sign up for an optional lunch for Nov. 9-10 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum Café for $15. An optional bus trip to the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum on Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C., is available for $80. A box lunch is included.

Registration is $295 per person. For more information, contact Deborah Chapman at (800) 603-0948 or

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The symposium coincides with the exhibition, “Quilts in the Baltimore Manner,” which is on display in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery in Colonial Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. “Quilts in the Baltimore Manner” is underwritten in part by Marsha C. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Foster McCarl Jr. and multiple gifts to the Quilt Exhibition Fund.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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