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Resident Fellow in Charlottesville, Virginia, in June

In June, I will be back at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville as a resident Fellow. I plan to continue the research for my upcoming book, An Enslaved Woman and her Dressmaker Daughter. Working with the curator at the Valentine Museum in Richmond, I hope to identify costumes fashioned with fabrics similar […]

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Philanthropy 100 years ago: Changing Appalachia. Noon on November 4th.

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.

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Fellowship in Virginia

I am currently a Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Va. This is my 3rd Fellowship; another great opportunity to write, away from the distraction of normal life.  This time, I am working on an Internet-accessible resource that will be hosted by Morehead State University. The Southern Industrial Educational Association, Inc. (1909-1926), […]

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Presigious Fellowship Award

I have just been awarded a Fellowship to write the history of the Southern Industrial Educational Association, 1905-1926. I will be in residence at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va for the fall semester (Aug 15-Dec.15). The outcome of this work will be a digital archive hosted by Morehead […]

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An Enslaved Woman and her Dressmaker Daughter in Bath County, Virginia

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 […]

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October 5th Presentation in Warm Springs, Virginia

Kathleen Curtis Wilson, author and celebrated textile historian will be the featured speaker at 1:00 pm in Trimble Hall at The Old Dairy Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 5th. Her presentation, Appalachian Weaving and its Global Resonances – Natural Fibers Shape Life, Cultural Traditions and Create History will be followed by a textile workshop in […]

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Invited to Derry City, Northern Ireland

Enjoying another fabulous trip to NI. This time I am in Derry giving 2 presentations at the Shirt Factory Project as part f the City of Culture events.

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Presentation in Christiansburg, Virginia

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, […]

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University of Ulster Reception

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 […]

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Book Promotional Tour in Ireland and Northern Ireland June 13-30.

I will try to post something every few days – with photos too so stay tuned. I leave on June 13. The schedule is packed with speaking events and time to visit old friends. The University of Ulster just published a very nice press release about my book, Irish People, Irish LInen on their website […]

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