A collection of historic samplers will be on special display Sept. 25 at the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden. Contributed photo

Susan Jerome, collections manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection, is scheduled to host a presentation on antique samplers at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Pownalborough Court House, at 23 Courthouse Road in Dresden.

This event is free and open to the public, but those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP in advance by emailing [email protected].

Guests can view the association’s collection of historic samplers, which will be on display for this event. Using images of antique samplers, Jerome will discuss some of the definitions and ideas surrounding the word “sampler” and how the term has evolved through time.

The talk will address how textile history and technological changes in fabric production influenced the slow demise of samplers during the 19th century.

Proper storage of historic textiles and family samplers also will be covered.

Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.

For more information, visit lincolncountyhistoryorg or Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine).

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