Rokeby talk: Vt. Quaker furniture from 1820 – 1835

FERRISBURGH — Join us at Rokeby Museum on Sunday, July 31, at 3 p.m., for a discussion of Quaker aesthetics led by scholar Anne Verplanck. The talk is offered in conjunction with the museum’s 2016 exhibit, “Quaker Made: Vermont Furniture, 1820-1835.”
If you think “Quaker style” means the man on the Quaker Oats box, think again! Many of us assume that Quakers preferred plain things, whether buildings, quilts, portraits or furniture. Ms. Verplanck will address how Quakers in places as diverse as rural Vermont and urban Philadelphia used possessions to express their beliefs and how their choice and use of possessions varied with time, place, age and devoutness. Ms. Verplanck teaches American Studies at Penn State and is the co-editor of “Quaker Aesthetics.” The program is $2 or free with museum admission.
Rokeby Museum is a National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional underground railroad history and was home to four generations of a remarkable Quaker family. The museum will be open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through October 30.

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