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Suffrage in Stitches

Tue Jun 6 19:00:00 2017

Join the Museum in welcoming Katherine Durack, crochet designer and Ph.D., who will present a trunk show program that will explore the curious connections between needle arts and women’s suffrage. This free program will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Governor Fifer courtroom and is open to anyone.

Durack began the Suffrage in Stitches project with the goal to commemorate and raise awareness of the women who committed their lives so that women could have the right to vote, as well as raising awareness of historic sites and encouraging participation in the project. This five-year project will culminate with the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, in 1920. Durack’s trunk show includes: stories about forgotten activists who sacrificed so women could vote in America; raises awareness of local and national women’s history sites; encourages audience members to participate in creative remembering and retelling by making their own versions of the crocheted projects; and encourages audience members (both men and women) to value and exercise their right to vote. Her program will be illustrated with displays of original crochet designs inspired by the history and heroes of the women’s suffrage movement. Her non-partisan, civically inspirational program will offer a unique glimpse of history for those who crochet and for those who don’t.

Katherine Durack is a Cincinnati crochet designer, scholar, and storyteller. Formerly an award-winning academic, Durack founded Patterns for Success LLC in 2014 after 15 years at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In April of this year, she was named as the Ohio representative to the national board for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, which is a group, committed to raising funds to build a memorial in Occoquan Regional Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. Durack guesses she was about eight years old when she first learned how to crochet. After a decades long hiatus during her academic career, she picked up her hooks again in 2008.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org, (309) 827-0428, or visit www.suffrageinstitches.com/.

Suffrage in Stitches