Tuesday, August 02, 2011

2nd Saturdays: Quilts and History at Bentonville Battlefield

Bentonville Battlefield's 2nd Saturdays program for August is "Quilts from the Early 1800s to the Civil War.”

This 2nd Saturdays program will feature guest speakers Lynn Lancaster Gorges (11 a.m.) of the Historic Textiles Studio in New Bern, Josh Howard (1 p.m.) of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, and North Carolina Civil War author and historian Michael C. Hardy (3 p.m.) in the Visitor Center auditorium.

Gorges’ specialty is in the area of conservation of military uniforms, flags, vintage clothing and quilts, and she is trained in quilt restoration; she has studied at the Smithsonian Institute, The Campbell Center of Preservation, Schoolhouse Studio of Lawrence, KS, Cooperstown Textile School, NCSU College of Textiles, and Colonial Williamsburg.

Howard, a researcher in the N.C. Office of Archives & History, will discuss the ongoing Civil War Death Study and its findings so far (http://news.ncdcr.gov/2011/06/13/historian-re-examines-number-of-deaths-of-states-civil-war-soilders/ ).

Hardy will do a book signing and discuss the 58th NC Troops; his Web site is http://www.michaelchardy.com

For more information call the state historic site at (910) 594-0789.

The 2nd Saturdays summer programs are sponsored statewide by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com), combining family fun and the arts with history and cultural heritage at its 37 historic sites, history museums and art museums.

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