I gave another lecture at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities This one titled, “100 years of Philanthropy: Changing Appalachia.” Great audience and delicious lunch.
Wilson flyer for Nov. 4 Lecture at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville, VA. I will be discussing the impact that the Southern Industrial Educational Association, Inc (1905-1926) had on economic development and craft revival in Appalachian. The public is invited.
An Enslaved Woman and her Dressmaker Daughter Bath County, Virginia Funding provided by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Sponsored by Bath County Historical Society, Kathleen Curtis Wilson, Appalachian textile scholar and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow, has documented the life and needlework skills of Elizabeth Morris Bolden, daughter of an enslaved woman in […]
Exciting News: Sponsored by the Bath County Historical Society, I have been awarded a grant by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to document the life and needlework skills of Elizabeth Morris Bolden, daughter of an enslaved woman in Warm Springs, Virginia. Because 19th century textiles with an African American provenance are extremely rare nationwide […]
I had a wonderful afternoon at the Montgomery County Museum a couple of weeks ago. The curator Sherry Wyatt has mounted a very interesting woven coverlet exhibition and she asked me to come to the museum to talk about the cultural tradition of coverlet weaving in southern Appalachia, especially in Virginia. It was a warm, […]
Dear Kathleen, I wanted to thank you so much for the gift of your new book “Irish People, Irish Linen” at the book launch at the Ulster American Folk Park on Saturday. It was very thoughtful and kind – and you are right, your book has found a good home! I spent more time poring […]
Ms. Shirley Lord Rosenthal flew in from New York to donate a gorgeous skirt of fine pleated Irish linen designed by famed Irish designer Sybil Connolly to the museum. It was a fantastic evening and Shirley’s gift will certainly enhance the museum’s collection. L to R: Elaine Flanigan, museum curator; Shirley Rosenthal, Geraldine Connon, fashion […]
A small group of colleagues who were instrumental in helping with my research for the book, Irish People, Irish Linen, gathered in Belfast at the university on Monday evening, June 18 for a reception in my honor. It was a wonderful opportunity to visit with old friends that have been so supportive of my work […]