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Workshop

 

Sewing and Learning: Isabella Beecher Hooker and the American Women’s Suffrage Movement

October 10th, 2020

The October 10 session is full! There are still spots available for the session November 14.

 

 

Celebrate the Suffrage Centennial and join us for our first sewing circle to sew a replica of Isabella Beecher Hooker‘s American suffrage Phrygian-style hat, a treasured object from the Stowe Center’s  collections.

 

Dr. Shirley Wajda, Interim Director of Enfield Shaker Museum and Ph.D. in American Civilization, will facilitate a discussion about nineteenth-century American sewing circles and the importance of the suffrage cap. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions on topics related to women’s suffrage history, anti-slavery activism, and the history of voting in America.

 

Rebecca Bayreuther Donohue, Stitcher and Pattern Maker, will provide a lesson on making your hat. The hat kit includes:

1 yard burgundy brocade poly satin
1 yard lining fabric
3 ribbon pieces for decorative element (ivory, navy, burgundy)
2 sewing needles
1 spool burgundy thread
An envelope with straight pins
1 copy of the hat pattern
1 copy of step by step directions

 

This is a virtual program and participation instructions will be emailed in advance. Hat kits will be shipped starting Monday, September 21. This program will be held a second time on Saturday, November 14.

 

Interested in hosting a watch party with family and friends? Write to us directly to make arrangements for ordering multiple hat kits.

 

Program fee: pay-what-you-can with a minimum of $10. Suggested donation: $30. Program is limited to 40 participants.
The Stowe Center thanks CT Humanities for supporting this program.

 

 

Location Online
Doors Open 2:00 PM
Program 2-4 PM