The Textile History Forum, to be held June 8th-10th, 2012 at Hyde Hall in Springfield, NY, seeks papers and presentations on all aspects of textile history from the Pre-Columbian period through the twenty-first century, including textile technology, costume, quilts, weaving, dyeing, spinning, technological innovations, and textile availability. Current and unpublished research is especially encouraged.
Those interested in presenting a paper at the Forum should submit a one-page proposal by March 31st, 2012. Proposals chosen for presentation will be announced by May 1, 2012. Final papers are due by May 31st. Authors will retain copyright and are free to publish their work in other venues. Final papers should be no more than 16 pages long, including citations, bibliography, and illustrations.
In addition to paper presentations, those interested in presenting a “work-in-progress” are also encouraged to submit a few paragraphs about their work. Works-in-progress are ten minute sessions and no written paper is required.
The Textile History Forum brings together textile historians, students, researchers, museum curators, independent scholars, artisans, dealers, and collectors from around the country for two days of intense exchange. Participants will have the opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour of the Hyde Hall textile collection. This collection is unparalleled in its surviving early damasks, trims, tassels, and ornamental drapery hardware.
Hyde Hall, a 50-plus room stone mansion at the north end of Otsego Lake, is one of the finest representations of romantic classicism in America, one of the “two or three greatest houses in America,” according to Brendan Gill, architecture critic for The New Yorker. Designed by architect Philip Hooker and built by George Clarke between 1817 and 1835, Hyde Hall is a National Historic Landmark, on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a New York State Historic Site. The mansion sits inside Glimmerglass State Park, a lake front park with 42 campsites, beach, showers, boating, and picnicking facilities on Otsego Lake.
Send proposals and inquiries to Rabbit Goody, The Textile History Forum, 101 Chestnut Ridge Road, Cherry Valley, NY 13320.
Call 518-284-2729 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
Photo: The 2011 Textile History Forum in Eastfield, NY.