Did you miss our virtual lecture with Cindy Steinhoff? Good news, registration is now open for instant access to the recording of her lecture: How to Research an Antique Sampler! Here’s your chance to catch up with this exciting lecture if you missed it live. Upon registration you will be able to access the video from the lecture page under Course Content through December 17, 2023. You will need to be logged in and registered for the recording to access it. Registration for the live lecture and for the recording happen separately and are not transferable. Learn more about our Virtual Lecture series here.
About this lecture: An antique sampler reveals some of its physical characteristics and often some information about the girl who stitched it, but what else can it tell us? Cynthia Shank Steinhoff will discuss how she learns more about the samplers she collects and researches. The result is a full documentation of a sampler’s appearance and history. Many of the characteristics that she identifies for older samplers can be used to provide a full description of a needlework piece made today.
Cindy Steinhoff is the director of the library at Anne Arundel Community College, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1983. A graduate of Edinboro State College (now Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), she also holds a Master of Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Baltimore.
Cindy is a stitcher, sampler collector, and needlework researcher. She began stitching as a young girl and still owns the first set of stamped pillowcases that she made. Her collection of samplers includes works by girls in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, among other states, and from Scotland, England, and Ireland. The oldest sampler in her collection was made in England in the 1730s. Her current areas of focus are samplers made in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, and those stitched by Quaker girls. She researches many aspects of her needlework pieces, including stitches and materials used in the samplers, the stitchers’ lives, and connections between her pieces and others in museums and private collections.
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The Sampler featured above is by Elizabeth Muir and it’s part of our Permanent Collection. Take a closer look!