Join us at the Schoolhouse on the campus of the WCHS on April 6th at 2pm for a lecture entitled “Textiles and Lifestyles of the Downton Abbey Era” by University of Akron Professor Virginia Gunn. Refreshments and a tour of the current exhibit in the Kister Building, “Fashions of the Downton Abbey Era” are included. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase starting March 10 at Buehler’s stores in Wooster, Orrville, Ashland, Wadsworth, Medina River Styx, and Jackson Township as well as at the Wooster Book Co. and Today’s Kitchen Store in downtown Wooster. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the event. Seating is limited.
Virginia Gunn is a professor of clothing, textiles, and interiors in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at The University of Akron. She teaches courses in historic costume, history of fashion, history of interior design, textile conservation, and material-culture studies. She is curator of the School’s costume and textile collection.
Virginia has a B. S. degree in home economics education from Kansas State University, a M. S. degree in applied art/clothing and textiles from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in history from The University of Akron. She presents and publishes research on American costume and textiles, on quilts and coverlets, and on women’s history.
Virginia served on the board of directors of the American Quilt Study Group for ten years, and was president from 1990 to 1993. She served as editor of Uncoverings, the annual volume of research papers for AQSG, from 1994 to 2003. She is also a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association, the Costume Society of America, and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She has served on the board of trustees of the Wayne County Historical Society, where she is on the textile committee and was co-chair of the Beall-Stibbs Homestead restoration project.
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For more information on our current exhibit: “Downton Abbey: An Era in Transition”.