Meet the Board:
Samantha is Director of Programs and Audience Engagement at The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.
What words of advice do you have for current Fellows?
I hope fellows spend as much time in the collection, the Winterthur Curators, and your classmates as possible. You’ll never again have access to such a comprehensive assembly of objects and content knowledge. You’ll draw from this brief, but rich experience for the rest of your life.
Also, take the opportunity to touch, examine, and photograph everything! Why not?
Did your years at Winterthur feel long or short? Tell us why.
I find myself drawn back to my time at Winterthur. They were among the most stressful years of my life, they were also the most centering and reaffirming. Never again will you be surrounded by people with such similar interests and such a singular focus and shared experience. Your only job is to learn and connect. Embrace this clarity.
What book do you consider to be essential reading?
As a “textilian” much of my research is supported by the work of Florence Montgomery (“Flo Mo”) and Linda Eaton, Textiles of America, 1650-1870, 1984/2007. It’s the first book I unpack every time I move.