Delaware Sampler Symposium: Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Discoveries, 1750-1850


Biggs Museum of American Art Sat, Jun 9, 2018 9:00 AM


This symposium celebrates the release of the new publication of the same title by Gloria Seaman Allen and Cynthia Steinhoff, with contributions from Susi Slocum, published by the Chesapeake Book Company and Biggs Museum of American Art and designed by James F. Brisson. These talks will also create the context necessary to understand the Biggs Museum’s feature exhibition of over 100 samplers illustrated within the publication. This is the largest and most comprehensive study of Delaware girlhood needlework of the 18th and 19th century ever conducted. The book is fully illustrated and comprised of approximately 350 pages and 20 chapters covering topics spanning the various needlework instructors across the state.

During registration there is an option to have your lunch included in your registration fee. You will be given the following options to choose from:

Roast Beef Wrap, Asparagus, Horseradish Cream, Arugula w/ Salted Caramel Blondie Bar

Turkey Sandwich on Brioche, Gouda, Romaine, Tomato, Red Pepper Coulis w/ Salted Caramel Blondie Bar

Grilled Vegetable Salad, Mixed Greens, Balsamic Reduction (Apple)


9AM                                   Check-in coffee begins

10-10:40AM                      Linda Eaton – “Embroidery: An Important Part of Delaware’s Material Culture”

10:45-11:25AM                 Susi Slocum, “’Fruit and Flower’ Samplers of Delaware (1788-1839)”

11:30AM-12:10PM           Cynthia Steinhoff – “A Tale in Two Cities – Needlework Teacher Deborah Hicks Mundall”

12:15-1:45PM                    Lunch & Book Signing

1:50-2:30PM                      Lynne Anderson, “‘In wonder, love, and praise’: The Quaker Spirit and Southern Boarding School Samplers”

2:30-3:25PM                      Mary Brooks, “Schoolgirl Needlework: Quaker Connections Near and Far”

3:30-4:00PM                      Break & Book Signing

4:00-4:40PM                      Sheryl DeJong – “The Delaware Orphan Court Records”

4:45-5:25PM                      Cynthia Steinhoff – “A Sampler Tour of Sussex County”

5:30PM                               Closing Words