Lincoln County Historical Association

Presentation on antique samplers in Dresden Sept. 25

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 8:15am

Susan Jerome’s talk “my fingers on the canvas move….” will explore how samplers are an expression of American culture and folklore

Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) is pleased to announce that Susan Jerome, collections manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection, will be giving a presentation on antique samplers at the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. The Court House is located at 23 Courthouse Road off Route 128 in Dresden. This event is free and open to the public, but those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP in advance to for planning purposes.

Guests will have an opportunity to view LCHA’s collection of historic samplers, which will be on special display for this event. Using images of antique samplers, Ms. Jerome will discuss some of the definitions and ideas surrounding the word “sampler” and has the term evolved through time. The talk will address how textile history and technological changes in fabric production influenced the slow demise of samplers during the 19th century. Proper storage of historic textiles and family samplers will also be covered.

Lincoln County Historical Association is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information, please visit or Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine).