Do you own a pre-1900 American needlework sampler?

STATE COLLEGE — The Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) is hosting Sampler Documentation Days on Feb. 15-16 at the Centre Furnace Mansion. This is a unique opportunity for owners of pre-1900 American needlework samplers to bring their samplers in to be documented and photographed for the Sampler Archive Project, a national online database of American needlework samplers.

Needlework sampler instruction was critical in a young girl’s education in early America. The instruction served many purposes, not least of which was teaching the alphabet, numbers and sewing skills that each girl would need to clothe her future household. Early girlhood needlework samplers provide information and clues about individual and family history, education and connections to geographical locations through their elements and motifs. Documentation and inclusion in the Sampler Archive Project will help increase access to the study of historic samplers and schoolgirl embroideries.

It’s easy – just make an appointment to bring in your pre-1900 American sampler! Not sure about the date and origin of your sampler? Bring it in and we can help with that too.

For appointments and information, call 814-234-4779 or email msorensen@centrefurnace.org

The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 E. College Avenue, State College. Event parking is available in the Mansion lot off of Porter Road and also park behind Esber’s Rugs. For general information and weather cancellations, visit www.CentreHistory.org.


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