This two session program by Leslie Bellais looks like a wonderful way to spend a couple of evenings in November. I met Leslie years ago when I donated my 1960s hippie clothes to the Wisconsin State Historical Society. I've heard her speak on various textile topics and can say she's both knowledgeable and witty. The description below is from the UW-Extension catalog.
"Trends in American Quilting
Why did quilting become so popular in America when it languished in Europe? Why were there overwhelming national quilting trends rather than myriad regional ones in the history of American quilting? These are questions Leslie Bellais, curator of social history at the Wisconsin Historical Society, will attempt to answer in her class on the history of American quilting from the colonial era to the Bicentennial.
Instructor: Leslie Bellais has been the curator of costume and textiles at the Wisconsin Historical Society for more than 23 years. She has master’s degrees in U.S. history from the College of William & Mary and the UW. She is currently working on her PhD in U.S. history.
Tuesdays, Nov 4-11, 7-8:15pm; $30; #5706 Elvehjem Building, 800 University Ave; 0.3 CEU."
More details here.