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Textiles for the American Home, 1720-1820

October 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, most textiles were imported from England and actually made up a large part of the trade network between England and the colonies. Join us for an evening with Kimberly Smith Ivey, Senior Curator of Textiles with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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Kimberly Smith Ivey began her museum career as a Historical Interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg in 1976. In 1980, after graduating from the College of William and Mary with a major in Anthropology, she joined the Department of Collections where she currently holds the position of Senior Curator of Textiles.

Over the years Kim has played a major role in the refurnishing of a number of buildings in Williamsburg’s Historic Area where she oversees each textile installation and every minute detail from bed hangings and window treatments to placement of carpets. Kim lectures on the textile and needlework collections, organizes exhibitions, and writes on the collections. In 1997, she published the groundbreaking catalog, In the Neatest Manner: The Making of the Virginia Sampler Tradition and in 2014, she co-authored with Linda Baumgarten the bestselling book, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection.

A native of Virginia, Kim’s documentation of Virginia and southern needle arts and textiles continues as she endeavors to piece together the stories of the girls and women who produced them and recreate the historic interiors they would have known.


October 5, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wilton House Museum
215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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