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October 2021

Black Craftspeople Across the Virginia Landscape

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! Our second lecture of the season features Victoria Hensley. The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about Black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of Black craftspeople and the objects they produced. This fall, the BCDA will launch the Virginia portion of the archive and map. Together, we will dive into the lives of these Virginians,…

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November 2021

Plantation Pottery: The 19th-Century Stoneware of Edgefield District, South Carolina

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! Our third lecture of the series features Katherine Hughes. This presentation will explore the nineteenth-century alkaline-glazed stoneware of Old Edgefield District, South Carolina, a place of monumental pottery production made possible by the area's environmental resources, new technologies, and the forced labor of enslaved African Americans. An important part of Southern art history, Edgefield stoneware tells a fully American story of innovation, art, resistance, and freedom, while still holding many…

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December 2021

The Birth of Southern Cooking: Food, Politics, and Mary Randolph

December 9 @ 6:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! Our fourth lecture of the season features Christopher E. Hendricks. When Mary Randolph (1762-1828) published her cookbook, The Virginia House-Wife, almost two centuries ago, she created an American classic. The work was the first regional American cookbook, the first published work on Southern cooking, and according to some food scholars, the first authentically American cookbook, period. The book is a fascinating historical document, providing insight into Southern culture, food traditions,…

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March 2022

Interpreting the Evidence: Mount Vernon’s Front Parlor

March 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! Our seventh lecture of the series features Adam Erby. In September 2013, Mount Vernon curators made an exciting discovery; a previously unknown ledger kept by George Washington’s friend and neighbor, George William Fairfax, appeared at auction. At first glance, the ledger seemed to have little to do with Mount Vernon, but as curators mined the document they discovered that much of the London-made furniture listed in the ledger came to…

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April 2022

Sewing the Seeds of Style: Botanical Silks and Enlightenment Era Fashion

April 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! Our eighth lecture of the series features Kristen Stewart. Eighteenth century flower culture grew out of many of the same circumstances to which the Enlightenment has been attributed: a growing interest in and understanding of the natural world, increased globalism through expansion of international trade routes, and the rapid advancement of industrial technology. A visual narrative of this influence can be traced in the floral forms popular in woven and embroidered designs of fashionable silk and cotton textiles of the period. Kristen…

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May 2022

Reflections on Glass in the 18th-Century British World

May 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! The ninth and final lecture in the series features Dr. Christopher Maxwell. In the 18th century, Britain was a vibrant and commercial nation. Its growing cities were hubs of politics, sociability, scientific advancement, entrepreneurship and commerce. From glittering costume and elaborately presented confectionery, to polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, glass helped define the social and cultural rituals, values and spaces of the period. While innovations in glass delighted the wealthy,…

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