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Book Talk: A New Deal For Quilts by Janneken Smucker

During the Roosevelt Administration’s efforts to combat the Great Depression, the quilt became an emblem for how to lift one’s family out of poverty, piece by piece. Janneken Smucker will share insights from her new book,A New Deal for Quilts,exploring how the government drew on quilts and quiltmaking, encouraging Americans to create quilts individually and collectively in response to unemployment, displacement, and recovery efforts. Quilters shared their perspectives on New Deal programs including the Tennessee Valley Authority and the National Recovery Administration, and sent quilts as gifts to the Roosevelts and other officials. Federal programs used quilts’ symbolic heft to communicate the values and behaviors individuals should embrace amid the Depression, perceiving the practical potential of crafts to lift morale and impart new skills. The presentation will include governmental photographs of quilts and quiltmakers, along with images of quilts made and inspired by the New Deal.

 

Date:

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

Time
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3 - 4:30pm ET

Location:
Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the day before the event.

Cost: Sliding scale ($0 - $50)

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