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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2014        


CONTACT:  Bill Dunlap at 603-856-0601 or Brenda French at 603-856-0607




Institute of Library and Museum Services awards grant to New Hampshire Historical Society


CONCORD, NH--The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $126,710 to the New Hampshire Historical Society in support of a project to catalog and make digital images of its historic textile collection. Once complete, this information will be accessible through the Society's online collections catalog. The project will provide a better understanding of and appreciation for the central role textiles played in the economy, in regional identity and family life.

The study of textiles offers an important window to New Hampshire life.  At the turn of the 20th century New Hampshire was the home of the largest textile production facility in the United States, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, employing more than 17,000 workers in its heyday. The Society's collection includes fabric sample books from the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company and other prominent New Hampshire textile manufacturers. The collection also includes samplers, banners, domestic textiles such as bedspreads and curtains, as well as home and industrial production samples. Among its most prized textiles are two among a handful of surviving Revolutionary War regimental battle flags.The flags were captured by the British at Fort Anne in New York in 1777, and returned to New Hampshire in 1913.


"Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding," said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. "Receiving a grant from IMLS is significant achievement, and we congratulate the New Hampshire Historical Society for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees."

IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen community communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.  

"This project will allow the Society to share a wide variety of information about our textile collections. It makes images and descriptions of these objects accessible online to our members, scholars, educators, and the public. We can engage and inspire people with an interest in the textiles, while reducing the physical handling of the pieces to keep them safe," Bill Dunlap, the Society's president, said.

A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website at imls.gov/2014MuseumList. For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see: imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.

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About the New Hampshire Historical Society

Founded in 1823, the New Hampshire Historical Society is the independent nonprofit that saves, preserves, and shares New Hampshire history.  The Society serves thousands of children and adults each year through its museum, research library, educational programs, and award-winning publications.  The Society is not a state-funded agency. All of its programs and services are made possible by membership dues and contributions. For more information visit nhhistory.org or call 603-228-6688.



Helen Albee (1864-1939)
Tamworth, New Hampshire
1898-1916, Wool
Gift of Ellen Eppelsheimer

Reacting against the perceived negative effects of industrialization, during the early 20th century Helen Albee and other women established summer communities in New Hampshire where they revived traditional American crafts such as sewing and rug weaving as home industries. 




Appliqué Geometric Quilt
Nancy Simes Nutter Hoit Kaime (1793-1875)
Barnstead, New Hampshire
1861-65, Cotton
Gift of Miriam and Deborah Page, in memory of Barbara Page Hutchins

Nancy Kaime pieced appliqués and quilted this bed covering.  Family history relates that the quilter's husband, Samuel Kaime (1789-1875) cut out the  patterns from which his wife shaped the colored pieces.  In 1858 her "handsome quilt" won a prize at the New Hampshire Agricultural Society Fair.