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Exhibitions Calendar

Northeastern Region (Region I)

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont

The Region I Exhibitions Calendar lists exhibitions of costume, lectures and workshops. Please note dates of exhibitions may change. If no beginning date is given, the exhibition is already open.

CSA-sponsored programs in the Northeastern Region: Northeastern Region "Events, Workshops and Symposia" page.


American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA USA

Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time

Visit the new main exhibition, Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, to spin, weave, recycle, and design your way through textile history. Simulate parachuting from a real single-engine plane, throw the shuttle on an authentic hand loom, and design your own clothing line on a computer. See how textiles are changing your world, from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to revolutionary "shark skin" suits for our gold-medal Olympic swimmers - and so much more. You'll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again.


Homefront & Battlefield: The Civil War Through Quilts and Context
June 30 - November 25, 2012

This exhibition will use quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts to connect deeply moving and insightful personal stories (private memory) about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context (public history).

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Armenian Library and Museum of America
Watertown, MA.

Identifying Armenian Lace

This new textile exhibit explores lace techniques, how Armenian lace compares with other lace types and the fascinating history of Armenian needle lace, including stories of girls and women who accomplished these incredible works of art, often under difficult conditions. Special collections, such as the Chad Collection of Laces (made by orphans of Malatia) and the Alice Riggs Collection (made by women of Aintab after the 1896 massacre) will be featured. Very fine lace collars, large doilies, three-dimensional flowers, household items and lace embellishing garments will be among the artifacts on display.


Fabric of a Culture: Traditional Armenian Costumes

Mannequins have turned into muses at ALMA, each adorned with colorful costumes made of silks, angora wool and other textiles. The display is part of "Fabric of a Culture," a new textile exhibit featuring more than 20 authentic Armenian costumes from the late 19th century to 1915. See the largest North American display of authentic Armenian costumes from the late 19th century to 1915 and explore the regional style of Armenian clothing from the district of Kessaria in the West to the mountains of the Caucasus in the East.

Historic Deerfield
PO Box 321, 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342 USA

Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery

Examine one of the finest collections of early American textiles and costumes ever assembled! A testament to the passion of Historic Deerfield's cofounder Helen Geier Flynt during 60 years of collecting, this gallery presents examples of embroidery, woven silks, bed hangings, coverlets, quilts, costumes, and accessories from about 1600 to the end of the 19th century. Permanent with changing elements.

Wenham Museum
132 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984 USA

The museum's collection contains more than 10,000 pieces of clothing, accessories, and textiles from the Victorian era onward: day dresses to wedding gowns, parasols to brooches, bed linens to quilts, representing changing fashions and lifestyles across the decades.


CSA Northeastern Region member author

Haume Couture by Betty Sacker: Folklore of an American Home Dressmaker and her Students