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Margaretta Forten Sampler on display in Black Founders exhibit.
Margaretta Forten, daughter of James Forten, sewed this sampler. Courtesy of Marcus and Lorri Huey

This workshop is now sold out!

Join us for this three-part virtual workshop to learn about 18th-century sewing and how to make your own embroidered sampler based on original examples. Museum staff will discuss original embroidered objects and lead a hands-on sewing circle to recreate samplers inspired by historical objects, including rare original examples on display in our special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia.

This three-part class will occur Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. on March 8, 15, and 22. All participants will receive material by mail prior to the start of the workshop to make their own sampler. No prior sewing experience is required but some familiarity with sewing or needlework would be helpful. Participants will need an internet connection, microphone, and webcam. 

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A father holds his child as they look at the Forten family tree in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

February 11 - November 26, 2023
Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia explored the story of James Forten and his descendants as they navigated the American Revolution and cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia to later become leaders in the abolition movement in the lead-up to the Civil War.
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Classes on the American Revolution

Learn more about classes offered by the Museum, including five-week AmRev Seminar courses and hands-on Artisan Workshops.
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