Eliza West, an independent scholar from Richmond, VT, was a Carolyn and Michael McNamara Young Scholar Lecturer at Colonial Williamsburg’s 72nd Annual Antiques Forum in February 2020, an opportunity sponsored by the Decorative Arts Trust. As part of her thesis research in the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, West investigated the process of “fulling” wool for different types of 18th-century garments in her presentation Keeping it Close to Home: Fulling “Country Cloth” in the Early Republic.
Enjoy this recording of West’s lecture on our YouTube channel:
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