Get a lively and up close introduction to assorted objects from a staff expert. Each month features a different theme. Registration required.  $15. $10 for Winterthur and DMNH members.

Shirt Tales: The Global History
of an Early American
Indigenous Trade Garment, September 21

In the 17th and 18th-century, indigenous people chose to acquire shirts more than any other single item of clothing offered them in exchange for furs, deerskins, and other goods. Academic discussions of early American trade between colonizers and indigenous residents often overlook these humble items in favor of gold-trimmed coats or scarlet woolens. Laura Johnson, curator of textiles, examines a single type of garment, from its origins in European flax fields to its indigenous use. Trading accounts, archaeological records, and rare survivals complement prints, paintings, and written descriptions, allowing a close examination of its construction, trade, and sartorial meaning.

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Silver Linings and Coatings:
Treatment and Technical
Studies of the Silver Collection at Winterthur, October 19

Travel from the conservation laboratory to the central mining states of Mexico with Rosie Grayburn, associate scientist in our conservation department, to discover new findings in the provenance
of Winterthur’s 21,000-object silver collection.

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Anatomy of Two Portraits:
William Williams and the
Hall Brothers, November 16

Explore business, politics, and the role of painting in pre-revolutionary Philadelphia as told through the study and treatment of two portraits in this talk by Matthew Cushman, conservator of paintings, and Stéphanie Delamaire, associate curator of fine arts. William Williams’ portraits of William and David Hall were the first two full-length portraits of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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