Civil War Quilts Exhibit Comes to Capt. Avery Museum for a Day—Sept. 8

From the Capt. Avery Museum:

Mavis Slawson, a textile historian and docent at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, will present a program on Civil War soldiers and their Quilts on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. at the Captain Avery Museum, 1418 EW Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Admission is free, however, a $10 donation is suggested. Light refreshments will be served following her

Mavis Slawson will present a program on Civil War quilts at the Capt. Avery Museum.

Mavis Slawson will present a program on Civil War quilts at the Capt. Avery Museum.

presentation.

“Hosting a program like this is appropriate here at the Museum in a home built in 1859 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” explains Cheryl Rigdon, a member of the Captain Avery Museum’s board of directors and a quilter herself. “Quilts were important to soldiers in the Civil War. Some soldiers brought quilts from home with them into battle, others received them from the Sanitary Commission, still others found that making quilts provided therapy for what we now know as post-traumatic stress syndrome.”

Ms. Slawson holds degrees in Nursing and Art History. She has lectured on quilting in the Civil War era and in the 1850s in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Virginia quilt Museum, the National Society of Civil War surgeons, and the Society of Women of the Civil War.

This program is presented in partnership with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Captain Avery Museum events are sponsored by BayVue Consulting, Inc. and Greenstreet Gardens. For more information, see the Museum’s web site at www.captainaverymuseum.org or call 410-867-4486.

 

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