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Coverlet Weavers of Schuyler County

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


They are often woven in blue and white, showing eagles, flowers and intricate designs. Sometimes the weaver’s name is woven in. Sometimes the town where the weaver worked. Sometimes a date. Sometimes the name for whom it was woven.

They are the woven bed covers of the 1800s that can be found in the Schuyler County Historical Society’s Brick Tavern Museum and in homes around the area.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Marty Schlabach and Mary Jean Welser of Interlaken in Seneca County will tell the story of these popular bed coverings and the people who created them.

In the 19th century, coverlets were often woven for special occasions and became prized family heirlooms, according to Schlabach and Welser. Most homes had spinning wheels and looms. But some small towns in the region also hosted professional weavers who wove the highly figured coverlets.

Coverlets from the Society’s collection will be displayed at the talk, and the speakers will display some of their coverlets.

The community is invited also to contribute 1800s coverlets for the display. Anyone interested in showing a coverlet is asked to contact the Historical Society at 607-535-9741 or [email protected] by Thursday, Nov. 3.


November 5
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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