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October 23, 2012

Influences on American Quilts: Baltimore to Bengal

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 “Unravelling Palemon and Lavinia: Two Virginia Embroidered Counterpanes.”

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.

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Jim Bardley