Meet the Board:
Neal is Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
What is your favorite object, room, or place (on the grounds) at Winterthur and why?
One of my favorite places at Winterthur is the March Bank as it begins to bloom. In late February you begin to see millions of tiny snow drops, yellow adonis, and the paper like blooms of the witch hazel trees blooming against the drab Delaware winter. It’s a wonderful reminder that Spring is right around the corner!
What book do you consider to be essential reading?
The most important book that I own, is Florence Montgomery’s Textiles in America. I rarely go a week without consulting it. It is a must for any student of American material culture.
Give me a funny anecdote or memorable moment from your days as a Fellow.
Over the course of interview weekend I met and became fast friends with another interviewee Katie McKinney. As it turned out we both lived in Williamsburg, Virginia, had some friends in common, and even worked for Colonial Williamsburg at the same time, but we had never met. After finding out that I was accepted into the program, I took a walk through the Historic Area and ran into Katie and she told me she was accepted too. Years later after graduation, I am grateful to have Katie as a friend and colleague as we work together at Colonial Williamsburg.