Heirlooms Hold History

laceGRIVA’S May program is on Care and Interpretation of Heirloom Textiles with Colleen Callahan. You are invited to participate in Colleen’s illustrated lecture describing the care of family textiles and clothing, and identifying photos based on clothing. Her talk will include the cleaning, packing and storage of period heirlooms. You are invited to bring a clothing or textile (sampler, quilt, etc) item that Colleen will examine for identification, dating and care recommendations. She will also use your pictures to demonstrate the art and science of dating them! Both portraits and group photos are welcome. But time is running out! Please email photo scans to esgr.6106@gmail.com by 8 May to be included!

Colleen Callahan is a costume and textile historian and curator with experience in conservation. Ms. Callahan served as curator of costume and textiles at the Valentine Richmond History Center for eighteen years, managing the museum’s 30,000-piece internationally known collection and curating over twenty art and social history-themed exhibitions. In 2003, after retiring from the Valentine with the title of curator emerita, Ms. Callahan began a consulting business, Costume & Textile Specialists, with Newbold Richardson. They consult with large and small institutions nationwide on exhibition, collection management and documentation, conservation, and reproduction clothing projects. Ms. Callahan has worked with assessing, conserving, and/or exhibiting a number of presidential family garments, including those of George and Martha Washington at Mt. Vernon, Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, and James and Elizabeth Monroe at the James Monroe Museum and Library in Fredericksburg, VA.

Ms. Callahan lecturers and is a contributor to popular and scholarly publications, and is active in professional organizations locally and nationally. She received her BA in Theatre from Smith College and her MA in Arts Administration: Costume Studies, from New York University under a joint program with the Costume Institute of Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This program will be held Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 7:30 pm, at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, RVA. You do not need to be a member to attend!

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