Virtual Lecture Recording: EGA history from 1960 to 1980 with Ann Strite-Kurz


Register to see the recording of Ann Strite-Kurz’s Virtual Lecture: EGA history from 1960 to 1980.

This registration is to receive access to a recording of the virtual lecture that took place on Sunday, January 14, 2023. Upon registration you will be able to access the video from the lecture page through July 14, 2024.

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Join Ann Strite-Kurz as she shares a look at the beginnings of EGA!

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Margaret Parshall founded a needlework school in Millbrook, NY and recruited Erica Wilson in 1954 to be the first teacher followed by two other Royal School of Needlework graduates along with Olga Hansen from Denmark. In 1958 Mrs.Parshall (along with two New York City friends) became the nucleus in establishing a branch of The Embroiderers’ Guild of London (founded in 1906) in New York. In 1970 EGA withdrew from the London Guild and The Embroiderers’ Guild of America came into being with headquarters on Lexington Ave. Ann was fortunate to live in Poughkeepsie, NY from 1963-1969 during Olga Hansen’s tenure at the Millbrook School. She eventually moved to Ridgefield, CT where she joined both the Conn. River Valley Chapter of EGA along with the Westchester Chapter. She also helped to create the Fairfield Co. Chapter of EGA. Ann’s journey in discovering needlework overlapped with what she calls the “renaissance” of interest in hand embroidery and the early growth years of EGA. Many of the leaders in this growth were both friends and mentors to Ann, and the lecture covers many of the individuals she encountered along with the growth in educational opportunities, exhibitions, new thread companies and publishing opportunities.

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