Platter, earthenware with blue printed design depicting the Arms of the State of Delaware.

Patriotic America Exhibition Online

Patriotic America offers a comprehensive set of images of America in the 1820s, documenting a time of great celebration in the country. In 1815, when trade between America and England resumed following the War of 1812, Staffordshire potters were eager to regain access to one of their most lucrative markets.

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Laurel Riegel

People Make the Place: Valuing Our Volunteers

Winterthur is a special place for many people. Some seek refuge in the quiet of the garden. Some revel in the study of our expansive collection. Some celebrate the beauty of the natural landscape. Some enjoy special events. Some visit to connect with friends or family. Whatever your reason for

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Who’s Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework

PAST EXHIBITION - Historians have long recognized that family networks play a crucial role in the social, political, commercial, and religious activities of both men and women. The exhibition explored the importance of families with regard to samplers and needlework pictures; how needlework can serve as primary source material for

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Betsy Ross: The Life Behind the Legend

Both iconic and controversial, Betsy Ross is one of the best known figures of the American Revolutionary era—and also the least understood. The story of Betsy Ross and the making of the first American flag was introduced to public audiences by her grandson William Canby in 1870, at a talk

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Small chest-over-drawers,

Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1725-1850

This landmark exhibition explored the stunning and diverse furniture of southeastern Pennsylvania and the people who made, owned, inherited, and collected it. Delving into the cultures and creativity of the area’s inhabitants, primarily those of British and Germanic heritage, this comprehensive show featured nearly 200 objects, including unique and colorful

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Summer uniform of an enlisted sailor, worn by Warren Opie

With Cunning Needle: Four Centuries of Embroidery

In 2006 Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts began an exciting and innovative project to accurately re-create a 17th-century embroidered woman’s jacket. The process of designing and making what has become known as the Plimoth Jacket has shed new light on the tools and methods employed by the skilled embroiderers of the

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The Plimoth Jacket: A Paradise in Silk and Gold

On loan to Winterthur from Plimoth Plantation in 2011, the Plimoth Jacket is not an exact reproduction. Rather, it was re-created from two examples in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. One was chosen for the cut and construction of the jacket and the other for the design of

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Liquor chest, various case bottles, tray, and wineglasses.

Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition

PAST EXHIBITION - This exhibitions was created to explore the stunning range of objects associated with the history of wine drinking, especially in Britain and America. It shared a fascinating and incredibly broad range of wine-related materials—from wineglasses and cellarettes to song sheets and paintings—and, in total, will include more

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Two-sided gold pendant surrounded by seed pearls,

The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

On loan from the Birmingham Museum of Art, this unique exhibition features hand-painted portraits of individual eyes. The trend for this art form, fragile watercolors on tiny pieces of ivory ensconced in myriad jewelry forms, dates back to the late 18th century and began with a love story.

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Washington and his family

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

PAST EXHIBITION - Today maps are known primarily as tools to help us reach our destination, but in the 18th and 19th centuries they were key to the American experience and became the social glue that bound a young nation into a community.

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