Lunchtime Conversation

Historic Clothing & Textiles

You’re invited to join the Antiquarian Society for a midday, midweek virtual gathering as we explore our collection of historic clothing and textiles with conservator Kathryn Tarleton. What can a dress reveal about the past? What are the best practices for collections care?

Join the Conversation
This informal conversation about local history is open to everyone. To register for the free Zoom webinar, click here. After your registration is approved you will receive an email with instructions for connecting to the program. This Lunchtime Conversation will also be live-streamed to the Antiquarian Society’s Facebook page. A recording will be available for viewing after the event on the Society’s website.

About the Guest Speaker
Kathryn Tarleton is a textile conservator and co-owner of ConText Inc, which she and Charlotte Hamlin co-founded in 2001. ConText Inc works with both private and institutional clients, and offers comprehensive conservation services for historic textiles, costume, and contemporary fiber art, from full collection surveys to the conservation treatment of family heirlooms. Kathryn began her textile education at Boston University where she studied theatrical costume design and construction and received a BFA in Fibers from the Program in Artisanry. She later earned an MS in Historic Costume and Textiles from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to her conservation work, she has extensive experience in historic clothing construction, hand weaving, surface design techniques and a range of textile embellishment methods. She has lectured on textile conservation and textile history and led workshops on collections care throughout the New England region.

This program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.