Sharon Historical Society announces new exhibits

SHARON — The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the exhibition, Sharon Collects: Samplers from the Collection of Alexandra Peters. The public is invited to attend the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 18.

A collection of 55 samplers from Alexandra Peters’ collection, the first in the “Sharon Collects” series, will be on display at the Sharon Historical Society and Museum through October.

“Girls’ achievements have often been overlooked in history, but samplers, sewn by schoolgirls in the 1715s and 1840s, were highly valued and displayed with pride by girls’ families, often for generations,” depending on the company.


Peters, fascinated that these works of art were created by girls, had already started collecting samplers when she moved to Sharon, Connecticut. But this antique needlework fits so well in her 1794 home that her collection has begun to fill every wall. She researched each sampler before buying it to find the girl who sewed it, where she lived, the school she attended and the stories of those around her.

“One of the highlights of the exhibit is Peters’ discovery of an unusual pedigree sample made by a free black girl, whose parents, Mehitable and Francis Heuston, are known to have been conductors in the Underground Railroad. . In the 1830s, when literacy was denied to slaves and African-American families were still torn apart by slavery, at least one of the daughters of the highly respected Heuston family must have attended a girls’ academy, where she learned embroidery. Its large sampler is both touching and impressive,” according to the company.

The exhibit contains a rare three-dimensional globe sewn by a Quaker girl, seven sets of sisters, a set of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s family, as well as marking samplers, tape samplers, darning samplers and needlework intricate pictorial work by older girls at three famous girls’ academies here in County Litchfield.

Sharon Historical Society & Museum is located at 18 Main Street in Sharon. Free entry. For more information and directions, call 860-364-5688 or visit www.sharonhist.org.

Julia P. Cluff